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European Legal Development By John Bell

European Legal Development
by John Bell

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This study of the development of law uses tort law in Western Europe from 1850 to 2000 as an illustration. Involving comparative law and legal history, it engages with major current theories and uses evidence from the European Legal Development project as the basis for an original theory.
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European Legal Development: The Case of Tort by John Bell

What shapes the development of a legal system? The economy? Legal ideas? Social and political movements? Drawing on the other eight volumes in the series, European Legal Development: The Case of Tort aims to challenge conventional comparative law explanations of the factors that shape the law. It goes further into ideas that law could be conceived as either driven by external factors or is primarily the product of deliberations among lawyers. Choosing the examples of product and medical liabilities, the book considers the convergence of developments across legal systems. By contrast, examining road accidents and relations between neighbours, it notes areas in which the development of tort law has diverged. Tort law emerges as only part of the legal response and its place depends on the activity of the legislator, as much as on judicial and scholarly ideas about the place of fault liability within the schemes of compensation.

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About John Bell

John Bell is Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge. David Ibbetson is Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Method and theory; 2. The place of fault in 1850 and the limits of tort law; 3. Path dependency; 4. Homogeneity in legal development: products and medical liability; 5. Doctrinal diversity: roads and neighbours; 6. Conclusion: drivers of development.

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European Legal Development: The Case of Tort by John Bell
John Bell
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