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The Special Case of Mass Torts

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the legal aspects of mass torts in Europe. Both academics, legislatures, courts and policymakers throughout the whole of Europe have been struggling with the challenges that such 'massification' of private law relationships poses both in and outside of tort law. The subject moves between the law of civil procedure, substantive tort law, access to justice debates and regulatory frameworks for mass disputes.

This study offers both a caleidoscopic review of real-life key cases of mass tort and an in-depth reflection on the broader implications of mass tort in Europe. Thus, the challenges posed by mass torts are explored, mapped and analysed. The study was led by Prof. Willem van Boom (University of Rotterdam) and Prof. Gerhard Wagner (University of Bonn). The project was conducted by ECTIL in cooperation with Munich Re and ETL.