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Environmental Liability in Transboundary Harms: Law and Forum Choice

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  • Henry van Egteren

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We examine the economic consequences of choice of law and the choice of forum for the adjudication of transboundary harms. We examine strict liability and negligence and show that the socially optimal levels of care can be implemented in negligence only if the actions of the firm that caused the harm are adjudicated using the standards of the jurisdiction in which the harm occurs. This lends theoretical support to the extraterritorial application of domestic environmental laws in the case of transboundary pollution disputes. ( JEL K32, Q5) The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Yale University. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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  • Henry van Egteren, 2008. "Environmental Liability in Transboundary Harms: Law and Forum Choice," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(2), pages 434-457, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jleorg:v:24:y:2008:i:2:p:434-457
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    1. Henry Egteren & R. Smith & Andrew Eckert, 2006. "Environmental liability and harmonization in the presence of transboundary effects and hidden assets," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 22(2), pages 143-163, September.

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    • K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety Law
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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