State Liability in the EEA

The Fundamental Principles of EEA Law: EEA-ities (Baudenbacher (ed.), Springer 2017)

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 10/2017

17 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2017 Last revised: 6 Mar 2020

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Michael Waibel

University of Vienna - Faculty of Law

Fiona Petersen

University of Cambridge

Date Written: February 1, 2017

Abstract

In Sveinbjörnsdóttir v. Government of Iceland, the EFTA Court extended the EU principle of state liability from EU law to the European Economic Area.

Consequently, EFTA States are obliged to compensate individuals for damage caused by breaches of EEA law for which they are responsible. The EFTA Court has affirmed that the same three conditions apply to state liability claims than in EU law, but with some possible modifications. Section 2 addresses the justifications for state liability in the EEA and Section 3 explores the criteria for establishing state liability. Section 4 looks at a contentious example of the lack of state liability – the Icesave I case before the EFTA Court.

Keywords: state liability, EFTA, EEA, Iceland, deposit insurance, homogeneity, serious breach

JEL Classification: G21, K39

Suggested Citation

Waibel, Michael and Petersen, Fiona, State Liability in the EEA (February 1, 2017). The Fundamental Principles of EEA Law: EEA-ities (Baudenbacher (ed.), Springer 2017), University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 10/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2915139

Michael Waibel (Contact Author)

University of Vienna - Faculty of Law ( email )

Schottenbastei 10-16
Vienna, A-1010
Austria

Fiona Petersen

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

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