Bad Samaritan Laws

Welcome to Professor Zachary D. Kaufman’s database of “Bad Samaritan laws”: statutes that impose a legal duty to assist others in peril through intervening directly (also known as “the duty to rescue”) or notifying authorities (also known as “the duty to report”). This database–a full description of which is available here–currently contains 200 Bad Samaritan laws from around the world and throughout history that are either enacted, no longer in effect, or were proposed but not enacted.

Citation of Database

Preferred citation of this database in Bluebook format is: Bad Samaritan Laws, Zachary D. Kaufman , (last visited [date last visited]). Preferred citation in Chicago Manual of Style format is: Zachary D. Kaufman, “Bad Samaritan Laws,” accessed [date last visited],


This database will be updated periodically. If you would like to suggest an addition or amendment to this database, please contact Professor Kaufman using this form.

Glossary and Acknowledgments

A glossary of terms used in this database is available here. Professor Kaufman gratefully acknowledges contributors to this database here.