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Volume XI: Torts | Chapter 2 (1980): Liability of One’s Own Act

1. Purpose of this chapter. – The aim of this chapter is to establish general rules governing liability for one’s own act.

Although what is to follow will often overlap with the other branches of liability – liability for the acts of certain other persons (infra ch. 3 and 4) and liability for one’s things (infra ch. 5) – it is important at the outset to have a clear idea of what is generally considered to be “the general rules on liability”.1

It is certainly easier to discover these “general rules of liability” in systems like french law,…

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Jean Limpens, Robert M. Kruithof and Anne Meinertzhagen-Limpens, “Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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