The Federation Press

Product Liability in the Asia-Pacific

Overview

This 3rd edition describes product liability laws in 24 countries of the Asia-Pacific region including all of the large economies and populations. Expanded to cover Macau, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and the US Affiliated Jurisdictions in the Pacific, these jurisdictions offer additional insights, showing the various influences and distinct legal cultures which pervade the law of the region. A chapter on insurance in the region is also included.

The product liability laws of the Asia-Pacific region are characterised by diversity. A mosaic of legal rights exists under contract, tort and statute in most countries. In many of these jurisdictions, product liability is only just beginning to emerge as a significant body of law and with many countries going through a period of economic development; some legislatures are only now beginning to recognise the need to address consumer protection and the legal liability of manufacturers in the region. The range of approaches to product liability is a reflection of the multiplicity of legal systems in the region.

Widespread reform of product liability laws has taken place in the Asia-Pacific region since the 2nd edition was published. Part of satisfying a foreign client’s needs, is understanding the legal environment in which they operate. With the globalisation of the commercial and legal marketplaces, legal practitioners must have knowledge of other legal systems in which their clients’ operate. The reach of product liability has become worldwide in the 21st century. This book provides in one volume that knowledge.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

Introduction - John Goldring

Australia
Stuart Clark and Jocelyn Kellam

Cambodia
Ly Tayseng

Canada
Susan Paul and Peter J Cavanagh

China
Weining Zou and Xiaochun Wang

Fiji
Rodon King

Hong Kong
Allan CY Leung

India
Karnika Seth

Indonesia
Duane J Gingerich

Japan
Luke Nottage and Hiroyuki Kano

Republic of Korea
Eui Jae Kim and Hyung-Joon Park

Macau
Bruno Nunes

Malaysia
Lim Chee Wee and Ravneet Kaur Gill

Myanmar
Thida Aye and James Finch

New Zealand
Robert Gapes

Papua New Guinea
Erik Andersen

Philippines
Hector M de Leon, Jr

Singapore
Lawrence Teh

Sri Lanka
John Wilson

Taiwan
Matt Liu, CY Huang

Thailand
Alastair Henderson and Surapol Srangsomwong

United States
Kenneth Ross and Professor J David Prince

US-Affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions
Craig Miller

Vanuatu
John Ridgway

Vietnam
John E King and Tu Ngoc Trinh

Product Liability Insurance
Kemsley Brennan and Chris Lees

Conclusion Trends Towards Strict Liability and Consumer Product Safety Regulation
David Harland and Luke Nottage

Contact details for contributors
Index

Of interest...