Comparative Tort Law
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Comparative Tort Law

Global Perspectives

Edited by Mauro Bussani and Anthony J. Sebok

This revised second edition of Comparative Tort Law: Global Perspectives offers an updated and enriched framework for analysing and understanding the current state of tort law around the world. Using a critical comparative methodology, it covers not only the common tort law issues but also many jurisdictions often overlooked in the mainstream literature. Contributions explore illuminating case studies from tort systems in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, including new chapters specifically discussing tort law in Brazil, India and Russia.
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Chapter 17: Basics of Russian tort law

Alexander Yagelnitskiy


The main aspects of tort liability for harm caused by wrongful acts in Russian law are explained. The author analyzes the understanding among Russian lawyers of the “general delict”, issues of competition of claims and functions of tort liability. The concept of harm, including harm to person and harm to property, pecuniary and non-pecuniary harm, is analyzed. The notions of unlawfulness and unlawful behavior is considered, approaches to vicarious liability are described. The approach to establishing legally relevant causation, including in cases of complicated causal series, is explained. The concept of fault and the applicable test for establishing fault are described.

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