Affording special protection to children is required by a number of binding international provisions and the national legislatures have developed this protection in the different areas of law. However, concerning damage caused by children and liability issues stemming from it, the protection has been somewhat piecemeal so far and among European legal writing it has not been dealt with in a comprehensive manner.
This volume gives detailed answers to the main questions at issue. Are children directly liable and is there any age limit below which they have no tortious capacity? Can children, in spite of their lack of tortious capacity, for reasons of equity be held liable in exceptional conditions? What is the relationship between liability of children and liability of their parents or guardians? Are these questions answered by special rules of general application in all fields of tort liability or are there specific rules for specific torts?