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New Publication: Civil Liability for AI and Software

The first study published in this volume analyses the largely unresolved question as to how damage caused by artificial intelligence (AI) systems is allocated by the rules of tortious liability currently in force in the Member States of the European Union and in the United States, to examine whether - and if so, to what extent - national tort law regimes differ in that respect, and to identify possible gaps in the protection of injured parties. The second study offers guiding principles for safety and liability with regard to software, testing how the existing acquis needs to be adjusted in order to adequately cope with the risks posed by software and AI. The annex contains the final report of the New Technologies Formation of the Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies, assessing the extent to which existing liability schemes are adapted to the emerging market realities following the development of new digital technologies.

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Juristenrunde with Filippo Zemignani

Filippo Zemignani, guest researcher at ECTIL and PhD candidate of the University of Trento, holds a Juristenrunde lecture on traffic accident liability and self driving cars on Monday, 21 November 2022 at 11:00.

The lecture takes place at the Centre's premises and is free of charge. If you are interested to join, we would kindly ask you to register with ectil(at)ectil.org.


Juristenrunde with Chris Thomale

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Chris Thomale, LL.M. (Yale), Professor of International Commercial and Business Law at the University of Vienna, holds a Juristenrunde lecture on "Die deliktsrechtliche Forderung – Ein Sonderling des Privat- und Zivilverfahrensrechts" ("Delictual claims - a peculiarity of private and civil procedure law") on Monday, 14 November 2022 at 11.00h.

The lecture takes place at the Centre's premises and is free of charge. If you are interested to join, we would kindly ask you to register with ectil(at)ectil.org.


PETL - Where are the gaps and how to fill them

On 23-24 September 2022 Monika Hinteregger, Ernst Karner, Helmut Koziol, Katarzyna Ludwichowska-Redo and Barbara Steininger took part in and held lectures at the conference „Principles of European Tort Law. Where are the gaps and how to fill them“, held in Geneva in honour of Prof. Bénédict Winiger. [Download the programme]


Pandemics - Liability and Insurance

On 23-24 June 2022, ECTIL, in collaboration with ETL, successfully co-hosted the 19th Joint Seminar of the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association) and the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) in Vienna. Its aim was to ensure that what has been learned in the current pandemic is not forgotten and put to paper at the highest possible level. We would therefore like to express our special thanks to all participants for two intense days of outstanding interdisciplinary exchange, which will contribute to a better handling of the current and – hopefully faraway – next pandemic. [See the programme]


Juristenrunde with Andrea Cioni

Andrea Cioni, PhD candidate at the University of Pisa, held a Juristenrunde lecture titled 'Damages caused by pharmaceutical products: in between the PLD and article 2050 of the Italian Civil Code. Towards a PDL reform' on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 11.00h. The Juristenrunde took place at the Centre’s premises.


Book Presentation: Vertragsstrafe

ECTIL, the Institute for European Tort Law and the Association of Metaltechnology Industries of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber presented the latest result of its cooperation, the book "Vertragsstrafe und Schadenspauschalierung" (Contractual Penalties and Liquidated Damages) by Ernst Karner and Alexander Longin. The event took place on 17 May 2022 at the Theatersaal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and featured presentations by Austrian Supreme Court Judge Georg Kodek as well as by both authors. [More information in German language]


21st Annual Conference on European Tort Law

On April 21 and 22 the 21st Annual Conference on European Tort Law (ACET) took place and provided a unique opportunity for both practitioners and academics to discover the most significant tort law developments from across Europe. [More information]


New Publication: European Tort Law 2020

The European Tort Law Yearbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in tort law in Europe. It contains reports on most EU Member States alongside contributions from Norway and Switzerland. An overview of developments in the field of EU law is also provided. In conclusion, a comparative analysis reviews the essential aspects of all the reports, which are written by scholars from their respective jurisdictions. [More Information]


Juristenrunde with Mónika Józon

Mónika Józon, Associate Professor of the Sapientia-Hungarian University of Transylvania, held a Juristenrunde lecture on 'Tort Law Developments in Romania after 10 years of the ’New’ Civil Code' on Monday, 13 December 2021, 11.00h. The lecture was broadcast via Zoom.


Juristenrunde with Johannes W Flume

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes W. Flume gave a Juristenrunde lecture on "How to calculate damages?" ("Wie berechnet man einen Schaden?") on Thursday, 11 November 2021. He discussed the foundations of damages calculation based on market prices and price estimates.


New publications: Mehrstufiger Warenverkehr

In his latest publication "Mehrstufiger Warenverkehr - Spezifische Probleme bei Vertragsketten" Helmut Koziol explores and discusses specific problems arising in supply chains. [More information]


Pandemics - Liability and Insurance

The 19th Joint Seminar of the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association) and the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) will discuss liability implications of pandemics for the (re-)insurance industry, a highly relevant topic in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and possibly again in the future. [See the call for papers]


New publications: Liability for Means of Transport

The second and third part of the project on the liability for railways are now published with Verlag Jan Sramek. Gregor Christandl and Olaf Riss assess the current Europe-wide need for harmonisation. Helmut Koziol develops proposals for the further development of railway liability in the EU. [More information]


New Publication: Tortious and Contractual Liability

Differing notions of the underlying concepts and functions of tortious and contractual liability, as well as the dividing line between the two fields, are a promising subject for a comparative study which seeks to contrast the discussions within continental European law and the common law with the relatively young Chinese perspective. The results of this study were published with Verlag Jan Sramek. [More information]


EC study on Artificial Intelligence

Initiated by the European Commission, a new ECTIL study examines the liability for artificial intelligence. The study is being conducted in cooperation with ETL and is led by Ernst Karner (ETL, ECTIL and Vienna University) and Bernhard A Koch (Innsbruck University). [More information]


Juristenrunde with Cemre Polat

Cemre Polat, currently guest researcher at the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL), held a Juristenrunde on the 'Liability of producers of autonomous systems under the EU Product Liability Directive' on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 11.00h.


Juristenrunde with Julian Pehm

Julian Pehm, research assistant at the Institute of European Tort Law (ETL), held a Juristenrunde on the topic of 'Wucher in Vertriebsketten – „Vertriebskettenproblematik“ und mögliche Auswege am Beispiel des Arzneimittelhandels' (Price gouging in supply chains - the 'supply chain problem' and possible remedies using the example of pharmaceuticals) on Monday, 7 December 2020, 11.00h.


New Publication: European Tort Law 2019

The European Tort Law Yearbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in tort law in Europe. It contains reports on most EU Member States alongside contributions from Norway and Switzerland. An overview of developments in the field of EU law is also provided. In conclusion, a comparative analysis reviews the essential aspects of all the reports, which are written by scholars from their respective jurisdictions. [More Information]


Juristenrunde with Alexander Longin

Alexander Longin, research assistant at the Institute of European Tort Law (ETL), held a Juristenrunde lecture under the title of 'Recht auf Anpassung des Werkvertrags' (Right to modify a contract for services) on Wednesday, 1 December 2020, 11.00h.


New Publication: The Liabilities of Politicians

The project focuses on the responsibility of politicians involved in public administration. The study was instigated by Members of ECTIL’s Supervisory Board because of the particular relevance of the subject at present and a lack of detailed treatments of the area to date. The results of the project were published with Jan Sramek Verlag in May 2020. [More information]


New Publication: Contractual Penalties

With this project, conducted by ECTIL in cooperation with ETL and the Association of Metaltechnology Austria, Ernst Karner (ETL, ECTIL and Vienna University) and Alexander Longin (ETL) examine selected problems raised by contractual penalties. The book was published with Jan Sramek Verlag in May 2020. [More information]


New Publication: Essays in Honour of Helmut Koziol

On the occasion of Helmut Koziol's 80th birthday, he is presented for the third time already with a collection of essays in his honour. 'Essays in Honour of Helmut Koziol' features a diverse collection of contributions by friends as well as colleagues and can be understood as an expression of the deep respect and affinity felt by the contributors to this volume. [More information]


Pierre Widmer

On 13 May 2020, Pierre Widmer, one of our founding members, passed away at the age of 82. We are deeply saddened by the loss and would like to extend our heartfelt and sincere condolences to his wife and family. [Read more]


New Publication: European Tort Law Yearbook 2018 published

The European Tort Law Yearbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in tort law in Europe. It contains reports on most EU Member States alongside contributions from Norway and Switzerland. An overview of developments in the field of EU law is also provided. In conclusion, a comparative analysis reviews the essential aspects of all the reports, which are written by scholars from their respective jurisdictions. [More Information]


New EGTL Publication: The Borderlines of Tort Law

This book edited by Miquel Martin-Casals explores how differences between tort and contract affect the foundations of liability, the nature and amount of the compensation, the extent of liability and whether defences and limitation periods corresponding to the distinct causes of action give rise to substantially different outcomes. [More Information]


Juristenrunde with Fang Shaokun

Professor Fang Shaokun, professor of Yantai University Law School and Jilin University Law School, held a Juristenrunde lecture on the 'Codification of the Chinese Civil Code' on Wednesday, 8 January 2020. The event took place in the Centre's premises.


Conference honouring Helmut Koziol, Ulrich Magnus and Pierre Widmer

On the 7th of November 2019 the Dutch Association for Liability Law and the Law of Remedies devoted a conference to honour the major contributions of three giants in the realm of liability law: Professor Helmut Koziol, Professor Ulrich Magnus and Professor Pierre Widmer. [More Information]


4th Meeting of the Sino-European Private Law Forum

On 18 October 2019, the Sino-European Private Law Forum held its 4th biennial meeting, where current projects were discussed. Moreover, first results of the “Fault-based and Strict Liability” project were presented in a public conference. Click here for the full programme.


ELI Conference on Insurance Governance

On Thursday, 10 October 2019, the European Law Institute invites to a conference on "Systems of Governance in the European Insurance Industry". Renowned experts will discuss key issues of Solvency II, the implementation of key functions of insurance undertakings in the EU, and internal control systems. The conference takes place at the top floor of the Juridicum, University of Vienna. [More information]


Juristenrunde with Clara Bonfils Gispert

Clara Bonfils Gispert, PhD Canditate at the Universitat de Girona, outlined main topics of the 'Liability of robotics and artificial intelligence' in a Juristenrunde on 5 August 2019, 11.00h. The event took place in the Centre's premises.


New Publication: Die Haftung von Eisenbahnverkehrs- und Infrastrukturunternehmen im Rechtsvergleich

On 17 January 2019, the first part of the "Liability for Means of Transport" project was published with Jan Sramek Verlag. The book edited by Helmut Koziol offers comprehensive reports on the topic of railroad liability in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland and investigates current reform needs. [More information]


Juristenrunde: Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna

ECTIL hosted another Juristenrunde. Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna, Assistant Professor at the Tilburg University, gave a presentation on 'Breach of Contract and Damages for Non-Pecuniary Loss' on Thursday, 6 December 2018. The event took place in the Centre's premises.
 


New Publications: European Tort Law Basic Texts and Tort Liability Law of China

The second edition of European Tort Law Basic Texts edited by Ernst Karner, Ken Oliphant and Barbara Steininger makes available English versions of basic tort law texts from almost all the legal systems of the EU and EFTA, as well as Russia and Turkey. The book Tort Liability Law of China authored by Lixing Yang provides a profound overview of Chinese Tort Law to English-speaking readers. For more information, please click the links.
 


Juristenrunde: Lena Kolbitsch

ECTIL hosted another Juristenrunde. Mag. Lena Kolbitsch of the University of Vienna gave a presentation on 'Die Haftung im Gefälligkeitsverhältnis' on Thursday, 15 November 2018.
 


Symposium: Patients' Consent and Medical Liability

ECTIL together with the Institute for European Tort Law, Ecclesia GrECo Hospital Versicherungsmakler GmbH, and the Austrian Medical Association held a symposium on "Patienteneinwilligung und ärztliche Haftung" which took place on 15 October 2018 in Vienna. [More information]
 

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