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The Use and Influence of Comparative Law in ‘Wrongful Life’ Cases

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Ivo Giesen

Utrecht University School of Law
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In analysing 'wrongful life' cases, comparative law is used extensively. This article examines these wrongful life cases, especially in light of the contradicting outcomes in different jurisdictions across the world, with the Dutch Kelly case and the South African decision in Stewart v Botha as its main examples. I will test the hypothesis that it is not so much the outcomes and (more importantly) the arguments found elsewhere through the comparative law method that are decisive in highly debated cases like those concerning wrongful life, but that instead it is something else that decides the issue, something I would define as the cultural background of, or the legal policies within a tort law system.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ulr.194
How to Cite: Giesen, I., (2012). The Use and Influence of Comparative Law in ‘Wrongful Life’ Cases. Utrecht Law Review. 8(2), pp.35–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ulr.194
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Published on 10 May 2012.
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