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The Liability of Public Authorities in Comparative Perspective

Book | 1st edition 2016 | United Kingdom | Ken Oliphant

In recent decades, the liability of public authorities has been one of the main areas of development in and at the edges of tort law in Europe, with major reforms implemented or considered at a national level, and a steady stream of major court decisions. During the same period, ‘Member State liability’ has also been recognised in the law of the EU, and the interplay of principles of national and EU law – and additionally the ‘just satisfaction’ jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights – evidently warrants close attention. In this context, the aims of the present study are to contribute to the understanding of the law of extra-contractual liability as it applies to public authorities in the legal systems of Europe (and selected non-European jurisdictions), to facilitate its enhancement where necessary or desirable, and to consider the possibilities for harmonisation in the area – specifically, through the extension and adaptation of the Principles of European Tort Law to cover public authority liability.

With contributions by:
Bjarte Askeland, Ewa Bagińska, Jonathan Cardi, Giovanni Comandé, Eugenia Dacoronia, Jef de Mot, Isabelle Durant, Duncan Fairgrieve, Michael Faure, Israel Gilead, Michael D Green, Anne Keirse, Bernhard A Koch, François Lichère, Piotr Machnikowski, Ulrich Magnus, Miquel Martín-Casals, Johann Neethling, Luca Nocco, Ken Oliphant, Maria José Reis Rangel de Mesquita, Jordi Ribot, Luboš Tichý, Vibe Ulfbeck, Pierre Widmer, Bénédict Winiger.

About the editor:
Ken Oliphant is a Professor of Tort Law at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682389 / 9781780685595
Series name Principles of European Tort Law
Weight 1000 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiv + 888 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Oct 26, 2016
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Contents
  • Introduction
    Ken Oliphant
  • Questionnaire
  • Austria
    Bernhard Koch
  • Belgium
    Isabelle Durant
  • Czech Republic
    Lubos Tichy
  • Denmark
    Vibe Ulfbeck
  • England and Wales
    Ken Oliphant
  • France
    Duncan Fairgrieve, François Lichère
  • Germany
    Ulrich Magnus
  • Greece
    Eugenia Dacoronia
  • Israel
    Israel Gilead
  • Italy
    Giovanni Comandé, Luca Nocco
  • The Netherlands
    Anne L.M. Keirse
  • Norway
    Bjarte Askeland
  • Poland
    Ewa Baginska
  • Portugal
    Maria Rangel de Mesquita
  • South Africa
    Johann Neethling
  • Spain
    Miquel Martin-Casals, Jordi Ribot Igualada
  • Switzerland
    Pierre Widmer, Bénédict Winiger
  • The United States
    Michael Green, Jonathan Cardi
  • European Union
    Piotr Machnikowski
  • The Liability of Public Authorities: an Economic Analysis
    Jef de Mot, Michael Faure
  • Case 1. Negligent Safety Certification (Maladministration)
  • Case 2. Wrongfully Cancelled Licence (Improper Administrative Decision)
  • Case 3. Missing Warning (Improper Administrative Omission - Omission following Prior Creation of Risk)
  • Case 4. Fireworks Store (Improper Administrative Omission - Pure Omission)
  • Case 5. Unfounded Criminal Charges (Prosecutorial and Judicial Acts)
  • Case 6. Unpasteurised Cheese (Possibly Improper Regulatory Act - Improper Regulatory Omission)
  • Case 7. Police Cross-fire (Properly Conducted Administrative Activities
  • The Liability of Public Authorities in Comparative Perspective
    Ken Oliphant