[DUTCH] Podcast aansprakelijkheid behandelend arts voor schade patiënt als gevolg van een gebrekkige hulpzaak

Recent zijn er twee arresten (ECLI:NL:HR:2020:1082 + ECLI:NL:HR:2020:1090) gewezen met betrekking tot de aansprakelijkheid van de behandelend arts voor hulpzaken waarvan bij de uitvoering van de geneeskundige behandelingsovereenkomst gebruik is gemaakt. Het betreft PIP borstimplantaten en de Miragel oogplombe. Wat gebeurt er als een hulpzaak (juridisch) gebrekkig is? Wat vond de Hoge Raad in beide arresten? Wat betekenen deze uitspraken voor de dagelijkse praktijk?

Legaltree-partner Carolien van Weering, specialist aansprakelijkheid in de zorg, in gesprek met Legaltree directeur en oud-minister Ard van der Steur over de aansprakelijkheid van artsen voor schade die een patiënt oploopt als gevolg van een gebrekkige hulpzaak.

Samen sterk voor nabestaanden MH17, Antoinette Collignon in het Advocatenblad

Working together for the relatives of the MH17 victims, Antoinette Collignon in Advocatenblad (Lawyer Magazine)

This week saw the start of the substantive hearing of the MH17 criminal proceedings. Legaltree-partner Antoinette Collignon, who specializes in cross-border liability and personal injury cases, is one of the members of the MH17 Legal Assistance Team, which is made up of eight personal injury and criminal defence lawyers from various law firms. The team provides legal assistance to the relatives of the victims. In the Dutch article “Samen sterk voor nabestaanden MH17” in het Advocatenblad” (“Working together for the relatives of the MH17 victims”) published in Advocatenblad, three colleagues explain how they operate together in this emotionally charged case.

We wish the victims’ relatives and all others who are in any way involved in this matter all the strength they will need in these difficult times and hope that the truth will be established and that justice will be served on those responsible for this disaster.

Photo: Feike Faase, Advocatenblad

[DUTCH] Podcast: Vier tips hoe om te gaan met de omvangslimiet van processtukken in hoger beroep

De gerechtshoven in Nederland hebben per 1 april 2021 een limiet gesteld aan de lengte van processtukken. Legaltree-partner Tamara Novakovski, specialist procesrecht en aansprakelijkheids- en schadevergoedingsrecht, bespreekt deze maatregel met Legaltree-directeur Ard van der Steur en geeft vier praktische tips voor beter leesbare, duidelijkere en bondigere processtukken.

[DUTCH] Podcast overheidsaansprakelijkheid: stelplicht en bewijslast ten aanzien van conditio sine qua non verband

Vervolg podcast “Overheidsaansprakelijkheid: Besluitaansprakelijkheid en vereiste van conditio sine qua non verband”. Hoe zit het met de stelplicht en de bewijslast ten aanzien van het conditio sine qua non verband in het algemeen en bij besluitaansprakelijkheid in het bijzonder? Welke tools hebben rechters om het conditio sine qua non verband aan te nemen en hoe kunnen partijen dat in hun voordeel gebruiken?

Legaltree-partner Tamara Novakovski, specialist aansprakelijkheids- en schadevergoedingsrecht, in een interview door Legaltree directeur en oud-minister Ard van der Steur over de stelplicht en bewijslast ten aanzien van het conditio sine qua non verband naar aanleiding van het arrest van de Hoge Raad van 25 september 2020 (ECLI:NL:HR:2020:1510) in een zaak tussen de gemeente Sluis en een exploitant van een speelautomatenhal.

[DUTCH] Podcast overheidsaansprakelijkheid: Besluitaansprakelijkheid en vereiste conditio sine qua non verband; bespreking arrest HR 25 september 2020

Wat is besluitaansprakelijkheid? Hoe stel je het conditio sine qua non verband vast bij besluitaansprakelijkheid? Wat betekent deze uitspraak voor de praktijk? Kortom, over waarom een onrechtmatig besluit lang niet altijd leidt tot een schadevergoedingsplicht van het bestuursorgaan…

Legaltree-partner Tamara Novakovski, specialist aansprakelijkheids- en schadevergoedingsrecht, in een interview door Legaltree directeur en oud-minister Ard van der Steur over het arrest van de Hoge Raad van 25 september 2020 (ECLI:NL:HR:2020:1510) in een zaak tussen de gemeente Sluis en een exploitant van een speelautomatenhal.

Product Liability Laws and Regulations 2020 – Netherlands

C.J. van Weering & A.F. Collignon, ‘Netherlands‘, in: Product Liability Laws and Regulations 2020, ICLG, 2020.

ICLG – Product Liability Laws and Regulations – Netherlands covers common issues in product liability laws and regulations – including liability systems, product recall, causation, defences and estoppel, procedure, time limits, remedies, market-share liability and costs/funding.

Read the chapter here.

Start trial MH17 case

On 9 March 2020 the trial of a number of suspects in the MH17 case will start. Our colleague Antoinette Collignon is among the members of the team of legal experts and will assist a number of surviving relatives. We wish all surviving relatives and all those who are in any other way involved in this case much strength in these difficult times, in the hope that truth will come out and justice will be done.

Corporate liability for human rights: the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

If a corporation abuses employees, is accused of labour trafficking, complicit in gross human rights abuses by local governments, complicit in human rights violations while installing pipelines through villages or complicit in pollution, it should be held responsible. The question is whether human rights laws also apply to these companies.

Some argue that international law only applies between states, or that human rights obligations apply only to states, and that the UN Principles cannot create legal obligations for companies. However, this view can no longer be credibly maintained. There is a growing acceptance that international human rights treaties create obligations – at least indirectly – on companies and that the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights can be used as a standard.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the work of John Ruggie, former UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. The principles are non-legally binding, but aim to establish a global standard for addressing the adverse human rights impact of corporate activity. Ruggie has built a frame-work of three pillars: ‘ Protect, Respect and Remedy’. These are:

  1. The state’s duty to protect human rights;
  2. the corporate responsibility to respect human rights;
  3. the need for greater access to remedy – both judicial and non-judicial – for victims of business-related abuse.

The UN principles were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. See also unglobalcompact.org and the American Bar Association in February 2012. They have also been incorporated into the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 26000 guidance on social responsibility for companies, the sustainability policy of the International Finance Corporations and the European Commission’s new corporate social responsibility strategy.     

The UN Principles are applicable to all governments and to all businesses in all situations. It sets forth basic, minimal business obligations regarding human rights. They reaffirm that states still bear the primary responsibility for promoting and protecting human rights, but recognize that transnational corporations and other businesses, as organs of society (and collections of individuals), carry responsibilities as well. It is understood that the human rights are – at a minimum – those expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles concerning fundamental rights set out in the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

The responsibility to respect human rights requires that business enterprises:

  • Avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impact through their own activities, and address such impact when it occurs.

  • Seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights violations that are directly linked to their operations, products or services by their business relationships, even if they have not contributed to those violations.

  • In order to meet their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should have in place policies and processes appropriate to their size and circumstances.

Antoinette Collignon inducted into the prestigious IATL

Antoinette Collignon was recently inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at their Annual Meeting on 5 April, 2017. 

The distinguished Academy is made up of a select group of no more than 500 fellows from the United States and 140 fellows from other countries. Antoinette Collignon, who specialises in cross-border cases involving liability and personal harm, is the first and only member from the Netherlands. The Academy seeks out, identifies, acknowledges and honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice.  Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side of the courtroom, and the trial of criminal cases.  The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy.  A comprehensive screening process identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review.  Ms. Collignon has been evaluated by her colleagues and the judges in her jurisdiction and has been highly recommended by them as possessing these qualifications and characteristics.

Chartered in 1954, the Academy’s general purposes are to cultivate the science of jurisdiction, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honour and courtesy in the legal profession.