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14 J. Consumer Pol'y 1 (1991)

handle is hein.journals/jrncpy14 and id is 1 raw text is: Norbert Reich
The Product Liability Debate - Continued
Product liability has been a concern for consumer policy over the
last 20 years. Readers of JCP have regularly been able to follow
discussions on the drafting and implementation of product liability
legislation (cf. Dahl, 1979; Harland, 1981; Alpa, 1983; Cavanillas
Migica, 1990), especially since the adoption of EEC Directive 85/
374 (Reich, 1986) which had to be implemented by the twelve
Member States by 31 July 1988.
It therefore can only be welcomed that the Associagio Intema-
cional de Direito do Consumo, Coimbra, under the able leadership
of Mario Frota from the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, had
invited experts from EC, EFTA, and many other countries to
Figueira da Foz, Portugal, from 7 to 10 November 1990. The
conference had the purpose of giving information and drawing
conclusions on the state of product liability law in important indus-
trialized countries in the world. It came as a surprise that, while the
implementation of the EC Directive is still lagging far behind in the
Member States, most EFTA countries (e.g., Austria, Norway,
Finland, and probably very soon Sweden) have taken EC law as a
basis for the reform of their product liability legislation. JCP is
publishing the papers of the speakers from Norway and Finland to
inform the reader of important developments in these countries that
go beyond the EC Directive in including primary agricultural
products and in discarding the development risk defence. On the
other hand, setbacks were reported from the country where modern
product liability law had taken its origin, namely the US. The reader
will therefore appreciate the succinct information on the most recent
developments in American case law and state legislation.
A thorough and voluminous publication written in Portuguese

Journal of Consumer Policy 14: 1-6, 1991.
© 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.

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