Torts and Other Wrongs
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
August 4, 2011
Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 46/2011
In this paper, a draft contribution to a symposium on the work of John Goldberg and Ben Zipursky, I take Goldberg and Zipursky to task for failing to distinguish the law of torts adequately from some neighbouring areas of private law. I focus on their equivocation on the question of whether reparative (a.k.a. compensatory) damages have a special place in the law of torts. I suggest that this equivocation is bound up with Goldberg's and Zipursky's wish to maintain what I argue to be an artificial rivalry between their 'civil recourse' explanation of tort law and the 'corrective justice' explanations associated with Weinrib, Coleman, and others. I suggest that 'civil recourse' and 'corrective justice' each capture part of the truth about tort law. I end by addressing briefly some doubts about whether this is a truth worth capturing.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Torts, John Goldberg, Benjamin Zipursky, civil recourse, corrective justice, damages, remedies
Date posted: August 9, 2011 ; Last revised: May 16, 2012