Lecture Three—Views from Abroad

Tony Weir

in Economic Torts

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198265931
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683008 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Law Lectures

Lecture Three—Views from Abroad

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This lecture looks at how other systems compare with England's as regards the general principle of liability for economic harm deliberately caused, and whether they treat interference with contract as a special case. It takes a cursory look at Germany, France, and the United States. In conclusion, it notes that in the economic sphere where some deliberate harm may un-questionably be caused, not just in self-defence as in the physical sphere but for self-aggrandisement, the common law should not, unless the law has itself outlawed the means used, impose liability; liberty of action should not be constrained by vaguer criteria, however inspiring their formulation.

Keywords: Germany; France; Unites States; economic harm; absolute rights; personal rights; liability

Chapter.  15129 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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