Tort Reform, Kiwi-Style
Peter H. Schuck
Yale University - Law School
Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 27, No. 1
Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 370
American legal scholars and social scientists have long been intrigued by New Zealand's accident compensation system, which essentially abolished common law tort almost 40 years ago. This paper, prepared for a conference sponsored by the Brookings Institution and Common Good, provides an up-to-date account of the New Zealand system, with a focus on its treatment of two types of claims - for medical injuries and emotional distress - that raise particularly vexing boundary problems for the system. It then discusses a number of lessons that U.S. policymakers and scholars can draw from the New Zealand experience.
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Date posted: July 23, 2008 ; Last revised: February 24, 2009