Tort and Insurance Law, vol. 24

Bernhard A. Koch (ed.)
Economic Loss Caused by Genetically Modified Organisms
Liability and Redress for the Adventitious Presence of GMOs in Non-GM Crops

Tort and Insurance Law, vol. 24

originally published with Springer (Vienna/New York); now available at Verlag Österreich (Vienna)
747 p.

Language: English

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Economic losses caused by the admixture of genetically modified crops with conventional or organic crops are governed by a variety of regimes throughout Europe at present, and redress is not equally available. Tort law rules alone differ quite significantly, not least because some countries have introduced specific liability regimes. Others have already (or are considering to) set up compensation funds.
This book presents how European jurisdictions respond to such losses, and what alternatives there are in a comparative perspective. Apart from tort law, insurance models and other compensation schemes are considered, with a special focus on cross-border aspects.
Experts from almost all European countries address the topic from the perspective of their respective jurisdictions. Further contributions include an economic analysis of possible solutions as well as a survey of insurance problems. The book is concluded by a comparative analysis and an assessment of legal policy issues.

Contents and Contributors
B.A. Koch:
Executive Summary
V. Wilcox: Summaries of the Country Reports

Country Reports
M. Hinteregger, E. Joeinig: Austria
B. Dubuisson, G. Gathem: Belgium
L. Zambartas: Cyprus
J. Hrádek: Czech Republic
V. Ulfbeck: Denmark
I. Kull, V. Kõve: Estonia
B. Sandvik: Finland
S. Taylor: France
J. Fedtke: Germany
E. Dacoronia: Greece
A. Menyhárd: Hungary
R. Friel: Ireland
Al. Monti/Federico Fusco: Italy
A. Bitans: Latvia
Gl Pranevicius: Lithuania
Pl Goergen: Luxembourg
El Buttigieg: Malta
Ml Moncada Castillo, W. H. van Boom: Netherlands
B. Askeland: Norway
E. Baginska: Poland
M. Manuel Veloso Gomes: Portugal
A. Dulak: Slovakia
R. Lampe: Slovenia
M. Martín-Casals/Albert Ruda: Spain
D. Langlet, M. Schultz: Sweden
M. Müller-Chen: Switzerland
K. Oliphant: United Kingdom: England

General Reports
M. Faure, A. Wibisana: Liability in Cases of Damage Resulting from GMOs: an Economic Perspective
I. Ebert, C. Lahnstein: GMO Liability: Options for the Insurers
B.A. Koch: Comparative Report and Conclusions