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The Reform of German Tort Law

In 2002 German law of obligations underwent the most farreaching changes since its codification in 1900. First, at the beginning of the year 2002 the widely noticed and disputed “Schuldrechtsreform” entered into force.It changed greater parts of the general contract law and of the sales and works contract law and modelled them after the structure of the UN Sales Convention (CISG).However, only eight months later the next reform came to light this time modifying the law of tort and damages. This reform was much less noticed and debated though its practical importance appears to be as significant as the one of the “Schuldrechtsreform”.

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Ulrich Magnus, «The Reform of German Tort Law. », InDret 2.03