Social Engineering in New Zealand and the United States: A Comparison of Approaches to Tort Reform

18 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 1978

Abstract

Professor Geoffrey Palmer lectured at William Mitchell College of Law on November 19, 1977, during a day-long seminar devoted to Commonwealth law. His participation had been sought because of his eminence in the field of New Zealand compensation systems and his important advisory role in the drafting of accident compensation legislation for Australia. His lecture proved to be both entertaining and thought-provoking. Excerpts of it are presented here.

In this lecture, Professor Palmer voices his concern for the pattern of selective reform of compensation systems that has emerged in the United States. Not only has reform been piecemeal, but often it has been accomplished through the courts rather than through legislatures. By contrasting New Zealand's approach to tort reform with the American approach, Professor Palmer demonstrates the desirability - and the political complexity - of reform that is thorough.

Keywords: accident compensation, tort reform, compensation systems, New Zealand ACC

JEL Classification: K32, K39

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Social Engineering in New Zealand and the United States: A Comparison of Approaches to Tort Reform (1978). 4 William Mitchell Law Review 312, 1978; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 69/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213008

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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