Monday, December 9, 2013
Ken Oliphant and Barbara C. Steininger have edited European Tort Law Yearbook 2012. It contains reports on tort law developments in 28 European countries and in the law of the EU. As a bonus, there is an additional report from Israel.
Amongst the legislative highlights in European tort law in 2012 were a new Civil Code in the Czech Republic and a new German Act on Patients Rights. Amongst the most interesting cases reported were contradictory decisions on liability for wrongful life in Italy (where the Supreme Court allowed a wrongful life claim for the first time) and Israel (where the Supreme Court in Hammer v Amit reversed its prior decision in Zeitsov v Katz, 40(2) PD 85(1986) and rejected wrongful life claims under Israeli law). Supreme Courts in France, Latvia and Switzerland answered in the affirmative the controversial question whether a legal entity may claim damages for non-pecuniary loss suffered in consequence of the violation of its personal rights.