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European Product Liability

An Analysis of the State of the Art in the Era of New Technologies

Book | 1st edition 2016 | Europe | Piotr Machnikowski

Thirty years after the entry into force of the Directive on liability for defective products (Council Directive 85/374/EEC), and in the light of the threat to user safety posed by consumer goods that make use of new technologies, it is essential to assess and determine whether the Directive remains an adequate legal response to the phenomenon of products brought to market that fail to ensure appropriate levels of safety for their users.

European Product Liability is the result of an extensive international research project funded by the Polish National Science Centre. It brings together experienced scholars associated with the European Group on Tort Law (EGTL) and the European Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (Acquis Group). Individual country reports analyse the implementation of the Directive in the domestic law of several EU and EEA Member States (namely Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland) and the relationship of the implemented rules with the already existing rules of tort law. The country reports show that the practical significance of product liability differs widely in the various Member States. Also taking into account non-EU countries (Canada, Israel, South Africa and the USA), this book examines whether EU law will ensure sufficient safety for individuals using goods that have been produced using new technologies that are currently under development, such as major advances in mechatronics, nanotechnology, regenerative medicine and contour crafting. Together with an economic analysis of product liability it makes the book valuable for academics, practitioners, policy makers and all those interested in the subject.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780683980 / 9781780685243
Series name Principles of European Tort Law
Weight 1120 g
Status Available
Number of pages x + 706 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Aug 2, 2016
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
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  • Contents
  • Introduction
    Piotr Machnikowski
  • Directive
    Duncan Fairgrieve, Geraint Howells, Peter Mogelvang Hansen, Gert Straetmans, Dimitri Verhoeven, Piotr Machnikowski, André Janssen, Reiner Schulze
  • Austria
    Bernhard Koch
  • Czech Republic
    Lubos Tichy
  • Denmark
    Marie-Louise Holle, Peter Mogelvang Hansen
  • England and Wales
    Ken Oliphant, Vanessa Wilcox
  • France
    Jean-Sébastien Borghetti
  • Germany
    Ulrich Magnus
  • Italy
    Giovanni Comandé
  • The Netherlands
    Anne L.M. Keirse
  • Norway
    Bjarte Askeland
  • Poland
    Ewa Baginska
  • Spain
    Miquel Martin-Casals, Josep Solé-Feliu
  • Switzerland
    Bénédict Winiger
  • Canada
    Marie-Eve Arbour
  • Israel
    Israel Gilead
  • South Africa
    Johann Neethling
  • United States of America
    Michael Green, Jonathan Cardi
  • Economic Analysis of Product Liability
    Michael Faure
  • Conclusions
    Piotr Machnikowski