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Punitive Damages: Perception and Reality

J Goudkamp and E Katsampouka, 'Punitive Damages: Perception and Reality' [2017] Personal Injury Law Journal 12

4 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2017  

James Goudkamp

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Eleni Katsampouka

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 25, 2017

Abstract

Compensatory damages are awarded to compensate the claimant for loss suffered. By contrast, punitive damages are awarded in order to punish the defendant for his or her contumelious disregard of the claimant’s rights and to deter the defendant and others like him or her from acting similarly in the future. This article summarises the results of an investigation into punitive damages (see ‘An Empirical Study of Punitive Damages’, James Goudkamp and Eleni Katsampouka (2018) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)). The study, which is the first of its kind in the UK, uncovers important evidence regarding punitive damages. This evidence comports with certain widely held views regarding punitive damages and casts doubt on others.

Keywords: Tort Law, Remedies, Punitive Damages

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Goudkamp, James and Katsampouka, Eleni, Punitive Damages: Perception and Reality (August 25, 2017). J Goudkamp and E Katsampouka, 'Punitive Damages: Perception and Reality' [2017] Personal Injury Law Journal 12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3026130

James Goudkamp (Contact Author)

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Eleni Katsampouka

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

St Cross Building
St Cross Road
Oxford, OX1 3UL
United Kingdom

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