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State Liability: tort law and beyond

Carol Harlow|
Oxford University Press, Clarendon Law Lectures (October 2004)

The lectures presented in this volume examine the fast growing compensation culture and the consequential pressure on courts to widen the range of situations in which individuals can claim damages from the state. Within domestic legal systems there has been a considerable extension of tortious liability which is impinging on the state and its resources. 

These lectures address statutory and administrative compensation, and examine the influence of group actions and of globalisation. Pressure on domestic legal systems has been increased by transnational courts, notably the Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. Carol Harlow argues that this trend towards judicialisation is undesirable, and that greater use should be made of extrajudicial remedies. She contends that this issue of compensation is too important to be left to the courts. 

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