Journal of International Business and Law


The revision of French tort law is proving to be a long process, starting with a first draft by the working group directed by Pierre Catala and Geneviève Viney in 2005, and only reaching a proposed new law tabled by Senators in 2020. The need for revision arose due to the silence of the current French Civil Code on tortious liability, which was mainly developed over the last two centuries by the jurisprudence, while only five such articles can be found. The intended revision of French tort law looks beyond the codification of jurisprudential solutions and towards legal innovations. This paper will compare French tort law with the regulations of other legal systems, and will evaluate the proposed novelties adopted by French legal texts.

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