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Cees van Dam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672264.001.0001

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Liability For Immovable Objects

Liability For Immovable Objects

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European Tort Law

Cees Van Dam

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines liability for immovable objects, which concerns damage caused on premises, grounds, and roads. It considers events such as falling roof-tiles, collapsing buildings, and unsafe swimming pools and stadiums. In France, the general strict liability rule for things also applies to immovable objects, whereas in Germanyand England liability is based on negligence: more particularly on the German Verkehrspflichten and the English Occupiers' Liability Acts. Specific attention is given to liability of the highway authorities for unsafe roads.

Keywords:   strict liability, damage, premises, grounds, roads, tort law, negligence, Verkehrspflichten, Occupiers' Liability Acts, highway authorities

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