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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dorfman on Assumption of Risk

Avihay Dorfman (Tel Aviv) has posted to SSRN Assumption of Risk, After All.  The abstract provides:

Assumption of risk — the notion that one cannot complain about the harmful state to which one has willingly exposed oneself — figures prominently in our extra-legal lived experience.  In spite of its deep roots in our common-sense morality, the tort doctrine of assumption of risk has long been discredited by many leading tort scholars, restatement reporters, courts, and legislatures.  In recent years, however, growing concerns about junk food consumption, and obesity more generally, have given rise to considerations that are traditionally associated with the principles underlying the doctrine of assumption of risk.  Against this backdrop, I shall advance two claims: a negative and an affirmative one.  The negative claim is that the major objections to the doctrine of assumption of risk are either misplaced or overblown.  And affirmatively, I argue that this doctrine (properly reconstructed to reflect liberal-egalitarian intuitions) can provide an illuminating framework with which to address pressing social concerns such as the one associated with junk food's harmful side-effects.


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I will have to read the article but what does it mean to properly reconstruct the doctrine to reflect liberal-egalitarian intuitions? Wouldn't that mean to convert assumption of the risk into comparative negligence, which is what most jurisdictions have done?

Posted by: Prof. Alberto Bernabe | Sep 5, 2013 11:55:51 AM

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