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Uncertain Causation in Tort Law


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This discussion of causal uncertainty in tort liability adopts a comparative approach in order to highlight the important normative, epistemological and procedural implications of the various proposed solutions. Occupying a middle ground between the legal perspective and the philosophical views that are at stake when it comes to the resolution of tort law cases in a context of causal uncertainty, the arguments will be of great interest to legal scholars, legal philosophers and advanced tort law students.

• Comparative approach shows how causal uncertainty problems are solved in different countries • Multidisciplinary perspectives provide a broad understanding of the challenges surrounding causal uncertainty and the possible solutions • Expresses philosophical arguments in plain terms and at a level which does not require previous philosophical training


Introduction Miquel Martín-Casals and Diego M. Papayannis; 1. Litigation on Hepatitis B vaccination and demyelinating diseases in France: breaking through scientific uncertainty? Jean-Sébastien Borghetti; 2. Proportional liability in Spain: a bridge too far? Miquel Martín-Casals; 3. Proportional liability for causal uncertainty: how it works on the basis of a 200-year-old code Bernhard A. Koch; 4. Uncertain causes: asbestos in UK courts Jane Stapleton; 5. Clients' demand-based contribution to trafficking: overcoming causation and attribution difficulties Tsachi Keren-Paz; 6. Proving complex facts: the case of mass torts Michele Taruffo; 7. Correlation and causation: the 'Bradford Hill criteria' in epidemiological, legal, and epistemological perspective Susan Haack; 8. Admissibility versus sufficiency: controlling the quality of expert witness testimony in the United States Michael D. Green and Joseph Sanders; 9. Proof of causation in group litigation Andrea Giussani; 10. Mass torts and arbitration: lessons from Abaclat v. Argentine Republic S. I. Strong.


Miquel Martín-Casals, Diego M. Papayannis, Jean-Sébastien Borghetti, Bernhard A. Koch, Jane Stapleton, Tsachi Keren-Paz, Michele Taruffo, Susan Haack, Michael D. Green, Joseph Sanders, Andrea Giussani, S. I. Strong

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