Torts Against the State
Civil Wrongs and Justice in Private Law, Paul B. Miller and John F.K. Oberdiek, eds., Oxford U. Press (2020, Forthcoming)
42 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2019
Date Written: February 11, 2019
The state provides the forum in which private parties can seek recourse for tortious wrongs other private parties cause. The state can also be liable for torts it commits. These observations are commonplaces. The state can also be a tort plaintiff, however, and that phenomenon has important implications for tort theory. Natural persons and artificial persons like the state have different kinds of interests, and these interests, in turn, implicate different sets of values. Accommodating torts against personified entities like the state will require tort theorists to significantly amend leading models, which presume wrongs against individual, natural persons. Some of these changes may be difficult for some scholars to stomach given their other theoretical commitments, including, especially, their normative priors. Nevertheless, a more complete theory must account for torts against the state.
Keywords: Tort Law, Jurisprudence, Private Law Theory, Legal Theory
JEL Classification: K13
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