Traditional tort law insufficient for ecological damage (video)

Written by  Annelotte Huiskes Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:34
PhD dissertation Jing Liu

Environmental pollution and devastation accompanying rapid economic development have created not only alarming losses to human beings and property but also astonishing damage to the environment itself. The difficulties in assessment and the special legal status of natural resources make traditional tort law an insufficient solution for the protection and compensation of this so called ecological damage.


Jing Liu Student video team: Janka Dekanovska and Miranda Gubbels
This thesis tries to design a compensation system, with the interaction between regulations, liability rules and compensation mechanisms (such as liability insurance, direct insurance, risk sharing agreement, environmental funds, other guarantees and capital market) to both prevent and compensate for ecological damage. Three new compensation models are proposed in this research, mainly based on the desirability and feasibility of mandatory financial security system. In addition to briefly exploring the existing experience in international regimes, the US and the EU, this thesis provides both theoretical and empirical research on the Chinese compensation system as well, which the existing literature has largely neglected.

On Thursday 27 June Jing Liu will defend her PhD thesis ‘Compensating ecological damage: Comparative and economic observations’.

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