Gregor Christandl, ‘The Duty to Prevent Harm in Challenging Times’

This article deals with the basic question of liability for omissions. After defining the circumstances under which a duty to prevent harm arises and a failure to act may trigger liability, this article explores the duty of the State and public entities to protect from harm by taking action that contains or prevents the risks of events such as natural catastrophes, terrorism and pandemics. These examples, based on actual cases in Austria and elsewhere, serve as test cases for defining the scope of the State’s duty to prevent harm to people’s right to life and health.

Christandl, Gregor, The Duty to Prevent Harm in Challenging Times (November 12, 2021). Graz Law Working Paper No 20-2021.

First posted 2021-11-15 15:00:51

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