The School of Law at King's College London is pleased to announce its exciting forthcoming conference of June 16 and June 17, 2011: Moral Values and Private Law. Over five sessions, spanning contract, property, restitution, tort, and equity generally, the conference seeks to question what moral philosophy can, does or must contribute to the understanding and development of private law.
More information is available [here]
Information has reached the Institute of an upcoming conference in Paris on the 13 May focusing on French law.
More details can be found [here]
A booking form can be downloaded [here]
The Sixth Biennial Conference on the Law of Obligations ('Obligations VI') will be hosted by Western Law on July 18-20, 2012 (in 16 months’ time) in London, Ontario.
The theme of the conference is 'Challenging Orthodoxy’. Scholars working in the fields of
contract, tort, unjust enrichment, equity or private law theory are invited to submit proposals for papers addressing the conference theme. The theme is intended to encourage scholars to question some of the common law’s established rules and approaches and to propose novel solutions to old problems.
Presenters whose offers of papers are accepted will be expected to meet their own travel and accommodation costs. The conference will be held at the world-class Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre and rooms will be available at a rate of $125 a night plus taxes.
If you would like to offer a paper, please submit a working title and an abstract (of no more than 350 words) by email to Jason Neyers (email@example.com) before May 13, 2011. Papers will be selected on the basis of engagement with the conference theme and fit with other papers being presented at the conference, as well as on the basis of quality and originality.
Junior scholars and those currently engaged in graduate degrees in law are encouraged to apply.
More information is available at: http://www.law.uwo.ca/TortLaw/ObligationsVI.html
The 5th Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court, which deals with military cases, has issued a decision which is based on the Principles of European Tort Law (specifically article 10:301).
An independent working group chaired by Ken Oliphant, Director of the Institute for European Tort Law and Professor of Tort Law at the University of Bristol, has called on the British Government to think again in its current proposals
to change the civil litigation system in England and Wales. Its recently released report - described as 'hard-hitting' by the Legal Futures website
– finds that the Government's proposal to make successful claimants pay a proportion of their legal fees out of their damages is fundamentally unjust and likely to impact adversely on the victims of accidents, with those suffering serious injuries being particularly affected.
The document, On a slippery slope – a response to the Jackson Report
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The report - the work of 11 leading academic experts in personal injury law and related fields - has already attracted considerable media interest, with headline features on both the Legal Futures
and Law Gazette
The working group's report has been featured in an article in The Guardian
, which describes the group's intervention as 'potentially significant' and remarks: 'At last an independent perspective.'
On Wednesday 18 May 2011, Ken Oliphant will address a meeting of the (British) All-Party Parliamentary Group for Legal and Constitutional Affairs
in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. The meeting will also be addressed by Lord Justice (Rupert) Jackson, author of the report on Civil Litigation Costs that forms the basis of the Government's current reform proposals. For Lord Justice Jackson's response to criticisms made by the independent working group of which Ken Oliphant was chair, click here
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Institute Director, Ken Oliphant, has again been featured in the British media in the ongoing process of reforming the law of civil litigation funding in England and Wales ('the Jackson reforms'), being cited in a recent article
by The Guardian
's social affairs editor. He was quoted as saying: 'You have to understand that legal aid was cut and no win no fee arrangements were meant to replace them, to allow people access to justice. If you remove that right then you will not allow ordinary people to have access to justice. If they have to pay for legal costs out of damages it may not be worth going to court.'