Statutory obligations to take out liability insurance are, in practice, the most important means to ensure the compensability of damage arising from dangerous activities.
The conference presents the results of an extensive comparative study of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) and the Institute for European Tort Law of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Graz (ETL) on various European legal systems while providing the opportunity to discuss them. A view is equally taken on EU Law, the principles of Constitutional Law, the Economic Analysis of Law, the Principles of European Insurance Contract Law (PEICL) as well as the practice of Insurers and Reinsurers on compulsory liability insurance. Conclusions will complete the programme.
The conference will be held in English and will likewise address legal academia as well as experts involved in the practice of liability insurance.

The conference is organised by ECTIL and ETL, together with the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).  It takes place in Vienna (in the premises of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, WU) on Monday, 13 June 2016.
For the detailed programme see the conference folder.

Registration is possible until the end of May 2016 with Lisa Zeiler ( conference fee is € 30 (including a light lunch and beverages during the breaks). Staff members and students of the WU and the University of Graz as well as current Supporting Members of ECTIL can participate free of charge.

3/14/2016 10:15:38 AM | 0 comments

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. Focusing on the past year, the authors critically report on important court decisions, summarize new legislation and provide a literature overview.
  • E Karner/B C Steininger (eds), European Tort Law 2014 (2015) ISSN 2190-7773.
1/11/2016 11:49:02 AM | 0 comments

Providing insight into the research performed at the Institute for European Tort Law, the short film also describes the most important event at the Institute – the Annual Conference on European Tort Law (ACET).

Save the date! The 15th Annual Conference on European Tort law to be held in Vienna from March 31 to April 2, 2016.

10/15/2015 2:24:01 PM | 0 comments

ETL is pleased to announce a Juristenrunde (lecture) by Johannes Angyan, LL.M LL.B, research assistant at ECTIL.

Nowadays economic activities are to a substantial extent exercised through legal persons. Frequently, business divisions are outsourced to newly founded subsidiaries, which is especially true in the case of company groups. One important advantage of outsourcing can be seen in the limitation of the parent company’s liability, since the parent company can usually not be held liable for its subsidiary’s liabilities. It has, however, to be taken into consideration that the parent company avails itself of its subsidiary for the procurement of its affairs, which is why the question of its vicarious liability under § 1315 ABGB (Austrian Civil Code) arises. The presentation will examine whether the rules on liability for agents are applicable to legal persons. Furthermore, the speaker will deal with the questions of piercing the corporate veil and its comparability with the solutions provided by the rules on liability for agents.

The presentation will be held in German and takes place on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 at 11:30 in the premises of ECTIL. Please register at:

10/15/2015 2:24:01 PM | 0 comments

This conference of the World Tort Law Society (WTLS) was organised by the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) and took place on the 17th September 2015 in the Austrian Ministry of Justice (Palais Trautson), Museumsstraße 7, 1070 Vienna. The WTLS is currently conducting research on this issue dealing with and analysing current problems of product liability worldwide. Helmut Koziol (ECTIL) presented his comparative conclusions to which international scholars offered their comments: YANG Lixin (Renmin University, Beijing), Catherine M. SHARKEY (New York University), Ken OLIPHANT (University of Bristol) und Anton FAGAN (University of Cape Town). The attendance of international renowned scientists from various parts of the world allowed for a special focus on the different utilized solution mechanisms. The Conference provided ample opportunity for discussion and debate.

Pictures of the event are available [here].
9/25/2015 2:20:06 PM | 0 comments

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