The world is becoming increasingly connected. Consequently, with increasing globalization, product liability development in one part of the world will have ramifications globally. It is imperative that countries remain cognizant of other developments in the product liability space.
In Asia generally, the driving force behind the development of product liability law is the increasing awareness of consumer rights propelled by economic development and the realization by governmental bodies of the need to protect consumers against product manufacturers. However, the different pace of economic development within Asia makes it practically impossible to expect homogeneity in the region.
David Goh and Bindu Janardhanan (partners, Hong Kong) published an article in Legal Era magazine recently, covering the topic of product liability in Asia in more detail. The article is available to view online.