The deepwater horizon oil spill and the limits of civil liability

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This Article uses the unprecedented disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as an opportunity to critically evaluate the law pertaining to civil liability for oil pollution before and after the enactment of the Oil Pollution Act. This topic is analyzed as a derivative of a more general concern, namely the internal harmony of civil liability regimes. The Article unveils a general incongruity in American land-based and maritime tort law that surfaced through the Exxon Valdez litigation, and examines whether subsequent statutory reform has eliminated the problem in the limited context of marine oil pollution, using the Deepwater Horizon incident as a test case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-68
Number of pages68
JournalWashington Law Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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