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The Psychology of Tort Law

Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Valerie P. Hans


Tort law regulates most human activities: from driving a car to using consumer products to providing or receiving medical care. Injuries caused by dog bites, slips and falls, fender benders, bridge collapses, adverse reactions to a medication, bar fights, oil spills, and more all implicate the law of torts. The rules and procedures by which tort cases are resolved engage deeply-held intuitions about justice, causation, intentionality, and the obligations that we owe to one another. Tort rules and procedures also generate significant controversy—most visibly in political debates over tort refor ... More

Keywords: attorneys, causation, defendants, intentionality, judges, jurors, plaintiffs, psychology, tort law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780814724941
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer K. Robbennolt, author
University of Illinois

Valerie P. Hans, author