A Closer Look at the Product Liability Directive


in Liability for Products

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780198256137
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681639 | DOI:
A Closer Look at the Product Liability Directive

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This chapter explores the Product Liability Directive’s provisions in more detail, looking at how they have been implemented and interpreted by French and English lawyers. In the case of French law, we still have to rely on la doctrine, given that there are only one or two decisions applying the loi of 1998 itself: the jurisprudence of the 1990s which ‘implemented’ the Directive can be only an approximate guide given its formal basis in other provisions of the Civil Code and its doubtful present status. In the case of English law, there are a handful of decisions applying the 1987 Act, including the important decision in A v The National Blood Authority. There are also two important decisions of the European Court itself in Commission v United Kingdom and Veedfald v Århus Amtskommune.

Keywords: liability law; product liability; French law; English law

Chapter.  33257 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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