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

CEVIA Working Paper Series, Issue 1, No. 2, 2017

19 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017 Last revised: 5 Jul 2017

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Vibe Ulfbeck

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Andreas Bloch Ehlers

University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 30, 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.

Keywords: Groups of companies, supply chains, worker's injuries, liability

Suggested Citation

Ulfbeck, Vibe and Bloch Ehlers, Andreas, Tort Law, Corporate Groups and Supply Chain Liability for Workers’ Injuries - The Concept of Vicarious Liability (March 30, 2017). CEVIA Working Paper Series, Issue 1, No. 2, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943416 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2943416

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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