International and Comparative Law Quarterly

Shorter Articles, Comments and Notes

Duty to Rescue in Civil Law and Common Law: Les Extremes Se Touchent

Martin Vranken*

The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, following a car accident in Paris on 31 August 1997, received worldwide media attention. The place of the accident as well as the circumstances thereof raise a number of legal questions. Of particular interest from a comparative tort law perspective are those aspects of the French enquiry that concern the civil implications of the criminal offence of failing to assist accident victims.2


* Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, the University of Melbourne.