The Jewel in the Crown: Can India's Strict Liability Doctrine Deepen Our Understanding of Tort Law Theory?

33 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2017

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Deepa Badrinarayana

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The evolution of tort law in former British colonies is not only fascinating; it also holds clues into the age old question of whether law or any discrete area of law can be universal. The exploration into doctrinal divergences and convergences is part of a larger quest: to capture the theoretical underpinnings of tort law and, in that process, discover the universal core of tort law, if there is one. For example, is the central purpose of tort law efficient resource allocation, corrective justice, or simply a compensatory system for wrongs? To answer these questions, theorists have generally considered tort law in relatively wealthy jurisdictions that have a fairly robust tort law system: the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. However, there is no perspective from a developing country. This article provides a perspective from one developing country, India.

Keywords: Tort law, India, universal law, legal theory, case study, M.C. Mehta v. Union of India, strict liability, Rylands v. Fletcher

Suggested Citation

Badrinarayana, Deepa, The Jewel in the Crown: Can India's Strict Liability Doctrine Deepen Our Understanding of Tort Law Theory? (2017). University of Louisville Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2017; Chapman University, Fowler Law Research Paper No. 17-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938718

Deepa Badrinarayana (Contact Author)

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