Neighbor Principle Law and Legal Definition

Neighbor principle is a principle of English law which says that a person should take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions that s/he can reasonably foresee as likely to cause injury to the neighbor. Neighbor includes all persons who are so closely and directly affected by the act that the actor should reasonably think of them when engaging in the act or omission in question. The standard was set by Lord Atkins in the famous English case Donoghue v Stevenson. The neighbor principle is based on the Christian principle of "loving your neighbor."