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Risk and the Law

1st Edition

Edited by Gordon Woodman, Diethelm Klippel


218 pages

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Natural and man-made risks have long been recognised as vital conditioning factors in the formation of social institutions and the conduct of social life. In this volume internationally recognised experts examine in detail the implications in practice of the modern concept of risk in particular legal fields. The chapters explore the ways in which the law in its many branches can accommodate, manage and reduce the extent of risk in the modern "Risk Society", matters of pressing importance for the development of all branches of law in all jurisdictions.

The fields of activity affected by the issues discussed include law, medicine, insurance, state security and public health. The collection also contributes to comparative legal studies in respect of risk and the law, presenting a perspective which has largely been neglected outside the works of general theory. Thus the topics considered range from the civil law of injuries in Germany and the food law of the European Union, through sales of goods, including international sales, in English, German and French law, to the English law of torts.

Risk and the Law, written by specialists who are authorities in their fields, will be of interest to academics and students who are interested in new developments and ideas regarding the relationship between risk, law and social change in many different fields.

Table of Contents

1. Law and Risk: An Introduction, Tim Kaye Public Law and Criminal Law 2. Risk Decisions in German Constitutional and Administrative Law, Peter M. Huber 3. The Problem of De-Individualisation in the Risk Society, Oliver Lepsius 4. Risk Decisions in Cases of Persisting Scientific Uncertainty: The Precautionary Principle in European Food Law, Rudolf Streinz 5. Risk and Criminal Law, Gerhard Dannecker Private Law 6. The Assumption of Risk, Ansgar Ohly 7. Risk and Predictability in English Common Law, Tim Kaye 8. Transfer of Property and Risk of Loss in French, English, and German Law, Ulrich Spellenberg 9. Transit Risks in CIF Contracts – Meaning and Categories, Koji Takahashi 10. Costs and Risk: Recent Developments in the English Law of Costs, Keith Uff Employment and Social Security 11. The Risk of Sickness in German Labour and Social Insurance Law, Dietmar Boerner 12. ‘The Butcher’s Cart and the Postman’s Bicycle’: Risk and Employers’ Liability, George Applebey 13. The Limits of Individualisation in the Risk Society: Social Security in the Customary Laws of Immigrant Communities, Gordon Woodman

About the Editors

Gordon Woodman is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Diethelm Klippel is Professor of Private Law and Legal History at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Jurisprudence