This publication deals with central aspects of European tort law. Most of the contributions are written from a comparative perspective and with a view towards the unification of European tort law. Much debated developments in important areas, e.g. psychological lesion, product liability, the compensation of non-pecuniary loss and problems known under the headings «wrongful birth/wrongful life», are discussed, taking into account recent court decisions both on the national and European levels. Two contributions dealing with comparative institutional analysis and economic analysis of the law represent modern approaches to the evaluation and future development of tort law in general. This truly European orchestra on tort law is completed by an analysis of Eastern European sources – which shed light onto the dogmatic foundations and the desirability of general presumptions of fault – and the experience of a mixed jurisdiction (South Africa).