Transnational tort law

Cees van Dam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter deals with harm caused and suffered across national borders, such as nuclear damage, road and air traffic accidents, defective products, and human rights violations by transnational corporations. First, it explores how supranational, international, and national tort law may respond to such harmful events. This also identifies gaps, such as the lack of international regulation of company behavior when it comes to protecting human rights. Subsequently, this chapter analyzes how soft law instruments are aimed at filling this void and how soft law is translated into binding regional and domestic regulation. This may in turn tort law standards to protect human rights. Finally, this chapter looks in more detail into various aspects of transnational tort law, from the perspective of the hurdles faced by victims and with references to key cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Transnational Law
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780197547410
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Business and human rights
  • Defective products
  • Fact-finding
  • International tort law
  • Nuclear damage
  • Parent company liability
  • Private international law
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Soft law
  • Supranational tort law


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