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Document ID (ISN)107918
CIS number 08-301
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Philo J.C.
Title Health and safety rights and transnational liability for harm
Bibliographic information Faculty of Law, Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University, 845 West Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2T5, 2006. iv, 144p. Approx. 450 ref.
Abstract This comparative law thesis argues that safety and health is a basic human need and when not met, exacts costs that prevent societies from realizing their development goals. Injury is increasing as a leading cause of death and disability. As the result of advances in public health knowledge and safety engineering technology, accidents leading to injury are often preventable. Injuries result from identifiable determinants and conditions that create exposure to identifiable hazards. By controlling hazards, the toll of injury can be reduced. International trade and investment can create conditions that increase or diminish the global injury burden. International organizations and national governments face the question of how to protect safety and health rights and reduce the injury burden in a world of increasingly global business activity. International institutions do not yet provide comprehensive regulation for exported harms. In common law nations, liability through formal law plays an important role in regulating conditions that can lead to injury. In such nations, private law can play an important role in filling segments of the regulatory gap relating to exported harms.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; responsibilities of employers; workmen's compensation; legal aspects; injuries; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) thesis; role of government; compensation of occupational accidents; criminal liability; comment on law; case law; international agreements
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Administration, legislation
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Workers' compensation
Criminal liability in OSH