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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Comparing Tort and CrimeCambridge University Press has published Comparing Tort and Crime edited by Dr Matthew Dyson.

The fields of tort and crime have much in common in practice, particularly in how they both try to respond to wrongs and regulate future behaviour. Despite this commonality in fact, fascinating difficulties have hitherto not been resolved about how legal systems co-ordinate (or leave wild) the border between tort and crime. What is the purpose of tort law and criminal law, and how do you tell the difference between them? Do criminal lawyers and civil lawyers reason and argue in the same way? Are the rules on capacity, consent, fault, causation, secondary liability or defences the same in tort as in crime? How do the rules of procedure operate for each area? Are there points of overlap? When, how and why do tort and crime interact? This volume systematically answers these and other questions for eight legal systems: England, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Scotland, the Netherlands and Australia.

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will be hosting a launch event in London on 20 July at 5-6.30pm, chaired by Lord Reed, Justice of the Supreme Court, with five of the authors, and two commentators, Mme Dreifuss-Netter of the French Cour de cassation and Dr Duncan Fairgrieve of BIICL. See the BIICL website for further details.

For more information about this book, please refer to the CUP website. For information about other publications by Dr Dyson, see his Faculty Profile.