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Principles of European Tort Law – Prescription and Time Limits in Tort

Prescription is a legal institution that prevents P from enforcing an alleged right against D because of the passage of time on the claim. The aim of the project is to explore how (and why) the passage of time on an alleged tort claim affects (and should affect) the claim, the parties (the claimant and defendant) and other parties. The project is jointly funded by the Institute for European Tort Law and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law and is headed by Israel Gilead and Bjarte Askeland.

The results of the studies were published by the Group’s series publisher, Intersentia. The book thoroughly examines the law of 16 selected jurisdictions and extensively analyses in comparative perspective the elements of prescription, their interrelations, and the policy considerations (including economic analysis). While the book focuses on prescription of tort claims the analysis, comparisons and conclusions are most pertinent to most civil actions: