Europeanisation of Product Liability in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Preliminary Empirical Benchmark

39 Pages Posted: 15 May 2007

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Luke R. Nottage

The University of Sydney Law School; The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Jocelyn Kellam

Clayton Utz

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

This article draws on survey results to provide a preliminary empirical benchmark of the impact in the Asia-Pacific Region of strict-liability product liability law reforms, implemented in many jurisdictions since the 1990s based often on the 1985 European Commission Directive. It identifies considerable convergence in the "law in action" as well as the "law in books," largely mirroring results from the baseline survey of European jurisdictions completed in 2002 by Lovells for the Commission. Similar effects include small but significant increases in claims, settlements, and reactions from firms. However, these tendencies are also affected by broader (arguably inter-related) factors such as shifts in consumer consciousness and media attention. Conventional causes of action also continue to be invoked, and there is not much call for further reform. This situation highlights the distinctiveness of high levels of product liability litigation in the United States. Growing but limited case law in certain Asia-Pacific and European jurisdictions should be synthesized into "Strict Liability Product Liability Principles." It also is likely that the Asia-Pacific will continue to follow more the European Union in related areas such as consumer access to justice and product safety regulation.

Keywords: product liability law, comparative law, Asian law

JEL Classification: K13, K10, K19

Suggested Citation

Nottage, Luke R. and Kellam, Jocelyn, Europeanisation of Product Liability in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Preliminary Empirical Benchmark (May 2007). Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=986530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.986530

Luke R. Nottage

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

The University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Room 640, Building F10, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Jocelyn Kellam (Contact Author)

Clayton Utz ( email )

Sydney NSW 1215
Australia

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