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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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The Creation and Maintenance of the EEC Directive on Liability for Defective Products and the Process of its Implementation in the UK and France

The Creation and Maintenance of the EEC Directive on Liability for Defective Products and the Process of its Implementation in the UK and France

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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/9780198256137.003.0016

This chapter looks in turn at the background to the Product Liability Directive and the key decisions of the European Court of Justice in 2002, which declared that its purpose was to effect ‘complete harmonisation’ of the law within those matters that it governs; at the different processes of its implementation in the UK and France; and then at the review and reform of the directive at the EU level. This Directive is a key example of the problems facing legal systems in implementing directives in an area already broadly governed by national law. While some of these problems are shared by English and French law, some are significantly different, stemming in particular from the different roles of legislation in a codified and non-codified system and from the different way in which the central distinctions between public and private law, and between civil and criminal liability, are treated.

Keywords:   Product Liability, liability law, Justice, English law, French law

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