This volume examines the evolution of Central European product liability systems, with particular reference to the effect of the implementation of the Product Liability Directive in the context of the recent enlargement of the EU. This book also provides a comparison of how product liability law has evolved in the socialist states, comparing it to developments taking place in the West. Using product liability law, this study offers a valuable insight into the necessary features and requirements of the harmonization of laws between the EU and post-socialist Europe. Predominantly legal in scope, it also takes account of the importance of extra-legal elements in law reform. As such, this book will be a valuable resource for those interested in European Law, as well as those working in the area of Consumer and Product Liability law.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Setting the Scene – Product Liability Law 'In Transition': Introduction; Legal systems of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic; Product liability – spirit and context – developments in the world and peculiarities in Central Europe; Conclusions to part I. Part II Product Liability Systems in Central Europe – Domestic Contract and Tort Law, Implementation of the Product Liability Directive: Introduction; Contract liability; Tort liability; Implementation and application of the product liability directive; Conclusions to part II; Central European product liability law in transition – conclusions and prognosis; Bibliography; Index.
'Harmonization of laws within the EU has become ever more challenging as a result of expansion into Central and Eastern Europe. This fascinating book tells us much about the law of product liability, but also a great deal about what the EU is becoming.' Stephen Weatherill, Somerville College, University of Oxford, UK 'Magdalena Tulibacka presents a fascinating insight into the emergence of liability systems in the former-socialist countries of Central Europe, and the subsequent assimilation of those systems into the European Union regime. This unique book is a must-read for all European product liability lawyers, but is also an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with the challenges of harmonising legal systems within an expanding EU.' Rod Freeman, Partner, Lovells, London, UK