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Liability for ProductsEnglish Law, French Law, and European Harmonization$
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Simon Whittaker

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198256137

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256137.001.0001

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English Law: Crime, the Criminal Process and ‘Essentially Civil Claims’

English Law: Crime, the Criminal Process and ‘Essentially Civil Claims’

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(p.403) 15 English Law: Crime, the Criminal Process and ‘Essentially Civil Claims’
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Liability for Products
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SIMON WHITTAKER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256137.003.0015

English law possesses an elaborate and wide-ranging series of criminal offences which sanction the manufacture or supply of an unsafe product (whether or not it causes personal injury or death), and its criminal courts possess broad powers to order any person convicted of a criminal offence to compensate the victim of the crime. Nevertheless, the criminal law and the criminal process in England play only a very marginal role in providing compensation for accidental death and personal injury, including in cases involving unsafe products. This marks a very striking contrast with the position described for France. This chapter discusses the features of the English system.

Keywords:   English law, criminal law, product safety, product liability, liability law, compensation, personal injury, death

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