Publications - The Limits of Liability

Keeping the Floodgates Shut

edited by

Jaap Spier, Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

Liability law is clearly expanding through an increasing number of strict liabilities, increasing claim-consciousness and higher amounts awarded. This book puts forward a number of views on how modern tort law copes and should cope with these changes. It provides a brief overview of a broad range of legal systems. It describes the tools used to prevent the burden of liability law from becoming too heavy, such as causation, duty of care, caps and ceilings and ad hoc moderation. Such an overview has never been available previously. Moreover, the authors not only elaborate on the law as it stands, but establish views on how to keep the floodgates shut in the future.

Contents and Contributors

Preliminary Observations; W.V.H. Rogers, et al
Limitation and Mitigation in German Tort Law; C. v. Bar
Direct and General Limits on Tort Damages in the United States; D.B. Dobbs
European Tort Law: Hellenic National Report; K.D. Kerameus, Kl. Roussos
Mitigation of Damages under Austrian Law and Ideas for Future Regulations; H. Koziol
La modération de la réparation du dommage dans le droit belge de la responsabilité civile extra-contractuelle; A. van Oevelen
Keeping the Floodgates Shut: `Mitigation´ and `Limitation´ of Tort Liability in the English Common Law; W.V.H.Rogers
How to Keep Liability Within Reasonable Limits? A Brief Outline of Dutch Law; J. Spier
Modération et limitation des responsabilités et des indemnisations: Rapport sur le droit français; G. Viney
Détermination et réduction de la réparation en droit suisse; P. Widmer. Index.

Kluwer Law International,
The Hague/London/Boston
December 1995, 176 pp., Hardbound
ISBN/ISSN: 9041101691

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