From: Jason W Neyers <>
To: obligations <>
Date: 05/01/2022 21:25:15 UTC
Subject: ODG: Just Published!

Dear Colleagues:


Congratulations go out to ODGer Sandy Steel on the publication of his translation (from German to English) of Nils Jansen’s, The Structure of Tort Law with OUP: the book description:


This English translation makes available to anglophone readers a modern classic of German tort theory. It argues that modern German tort law is faced with doctrinal tensions based on problematic theoretical assumptions which stem from historical conceptions of tortious liability, inappropriate to modern times. From a theoretical perspective, it argues against the prevalent doctrinal view in Germany that conceives of tortious liability as split between two tracks - a fault-based track and a strict liability track - each with different normative foundations.

Instead, Jansen asserts that there is no rigid distinction between the normative foundations of each form of liability. Rather, both fault liability and strict liability in German law, and indeed other European systems, are best considered as resting upon the unifying theoretical structure of outcome responsibility. The book thus places responsibility rather than wrongdoing at the centre of the normative foundations of tort law. Historically, the book traces in detail how conceptions of tort liability have changed from Roman law to contemporary legal doctrine. It shows how particular historical understandings of the normative basis of tort law have led to continuing normative tensions in contemporary doctrine. Finally, the book examines how a reconstruction of modern German - and, indeed, European - law as based upon outcome responsibility should affect its doctrinal structure.

This book makes contributions to the study of the theory, history, and doctrinal structure of tort law. While drawing on and explaining German tort law, its comparative, theoretical, and historical analysis will be of interest to scholars in all legal systems.


Perhaps a translation of Paul Laband, Die Stellvertretung bei dem Abschluß von Rechtsgeschäften nach dem Allgemeinen Deutschen Handelsgesetzbuch, ZHR 10 (1866), which sets out the civilian view of agency and is said to be one of the most cited and most influential German law articles ever published, yet is unavailable in English, might be next?


Happy reading!



Jason Neyers
Professor of Law
Faculty of Law
Western University
Law Building Rm 26
t. 519.661.2111 (x88435)


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