Journal article

The Concept of 'Vindication' in the Law of Torts: Rights, Interests and Damages

Jason Varuhas

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2014


This article seeks to identify the nature of vindication as a distinctive function within the English law of torts. It argues that a specific conception of vindication explains fundamental features of the law of torts, variations in the structure of different torts, as well as variations in the approach to damages from one tort to another, which are not explicable by reference to well-documented functions of torts, such as compensation and punishment. According to this conception vindication entails attesting to, affirming and reinforcing the importance of those interests that are the subject of the law's protection and their inherent value, and by association the importance of the overlying..

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