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Safety, Regulation and Tort: Fault in Context

Lee, M; (2011) Safety, Regulation and Tort: Fault in Context. MOD LAW REV , 74 (4) 555 - 580. 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2011.00860.x.

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The relationship between tort and regulation is dense and complicated. This paper examines diverse approaches to one small element of this relationship: the relationship between regulatory norms and the standard of care in personal injury cases. The lack of clear rules governing that interaction is not surprising: we would never expect the courts to give up the authority (or abdicate the responsibility) to generate private law norms; on the other hand, nor would we expect them to ignore the potential authority and legitimacy of external norms. The strength of external standards is best identified by close scrutiny of the regulation itself. The varying authority of external norms in a private law forum requires engagement with the process by which the external norms were reached. Who and what determined the 'ought' of regulation will provide greater insight into the ways in which it should inform the 'ought' of tort.

Type: Article
Title: Safety, Regulation and Tort: Fault in Context
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2011.00860.x
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1319965
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