Tort Law, Corporate Groups and Supply Chain Liability for Workers’ Injuries: The Concept of Vicarious Liability

10 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2017 Last revised: 6 Apr 2017

Vibe Ulfbeck

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Andreas Bloch Ehlers

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 6, 2017

Abstract

Recent years have seen a general trend in Europe to bring tort law claims against multinational companies for wrongs committed in the developing world by their subsidiaries or their contractual partners in supply chains. This article focuses on the possible vicarious liability for workers’ injuries in these two situations. It argues that to the extent such claims should be accepted in the context of supply chains, they should also be accepted in group company settings and that the company law principle of separate entities should not be regarded a barrier to the introduction of such liability in the described situations.

Suggested Citation

Ulfbeck, Vibe and Bloch Ehlers, Andreas, Tort Law, Corporate Groups and Supply Chain Liability for Workers’ Injuries: The Concept of Vicarious Liability (January 6, 2017). European Company Law vol.13 (2016) Issue 5; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017-01; University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894949

Vibe Ulfbeck (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Karen Blixens Plads 16
Copenhagen, DK-2300
Denmark

Andreas Bloch Ehlers

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Studiestrade 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

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