The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Torts & Compensation Systems Section has announced that Michael D. Green will receive the 2015 William L. Prosser Award.

The announcement states: “Through his work as Co-Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, his own scholarship, his contributions to multiple casebooks, his exemplary teaching, and his generosity toward other scholars, Michael Green has made ‘outstanding contributions … in scholarship, teaching and service’ of the kind that the Prosser Award was designed to recognize.”

ETL joins ECTIL and the EGTL in congratulating Mike Green.

4/21/2015 11:56:47 AM | 0 comments

From April 9 to April 11, 2015, the 14th Annual Conference on European Tort Law was successfully held in Vienna. The Conference provided practitioners and academics alike with the opportunity to learn about the most significant tort law developments in Europe in 2014. Experts from across Europe presented highlights from their contributions to the Yearbook, European Tort Law 2014, which will be published in autumn 2015. An overview of developments in EU law was also provided and a concluding summary identified and assessed the most important emerging trends.

The Conference started on Thursday evening (April 9, 2015) with an opening lecture by Simon Whittaker (Opting for Tort). The Conference concluded with a special session on Dispersed, Low-Value Losses on Saturday morning (April 11, 2015) with lectures by Georg Kodek (Atomized Losses in Tort Law: Conceptual Difficulties and Modern Developments), Anton Fagan (Distributed Damage: A South African and Common Law Perspective), Hans-Jürgen Ahrens (Injunctive and Compensatory Collective Redress Mechanisms against Restriction of Competition and Unfair Trade Practice) and Franziska Weber (Dispersed Losses in Tort Law – an Economic Analysis).

The Conference provided ample opportunity for discussion and debate, both in the formal proceedings and during the breaks.

The 15th Annual Conference on European Tort Law will be held from Thursday, March 31, to Saturday, April 2, 2016.

The Conference Materials, Speakers' CVs and additional materials are available [here].

4/13/2015 12:43:42 PM | 0 comments

The European Group on Tort Law (EGTL) held its first meeting of the year on 7-9 April 2015. Public Authority Liability (led by Ken Oliphant), The Borderlines of Tort Law: Interaction with Contract Law (led by Miquel Martín-Casals) and Product Liability were on the agenda. The latter is a collaborative project with the Acquis Group and is led by Acquis Group member Piotr Machnikowski).
The Group anticipates the publication (by Intersentia) of the results of its Public Authority Liability project sometime in 2015. More details of the upcoming publication are available here. The Borderlines and Product Liability projects are scheduled for conclusion in 2016.
The next EGTL meeting will take place in Wrocław, Poland on 15-17 October 2015, thanks to Machnikowski’s efforts and the generous support of the University of Wrocław.
4/13/2015 12:30:09 PM | 0 comments

At the Conference on the topic of Product Liability on 17th of September 2015 in in the Austrian Ministry of Justice (Palais Trautson), Museumsstraße 7, 1070 Vienna, organised by the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), the World Tort Law Society will present the results of their research on this issue dealing with and analysing current problems of product liability worldwide. Helmut Koziol (ECTIL) will present the comparative conclusions of the WTLS research to which international scholars will offer 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 countries around the world both at the Conference and in the project allow for a special focus on different solution mechanisms in jurisdictions across the globe.

The Conference will provide ample opportunity for discussion and debate.

The Programme of the Conference can be found here.

Registration is possible until Tuesday, 1. September 2015 with Lisa Zeiler ( Please note that participation in the conference is free of charge.

3/27/2015 12:57:21 PM | 0 comments

The Conference on the topic of ‘The Aims of Tort Law’, took place on 16th and 17th October 2015 in the Old City Hall, Wipplingerstraße 6-8, 1010 Vienna and was jointly organised by the Sino-European Private Law Forum, the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL).

At the start of the Conference, Helmut KOZIOL (Vienna/Graz) presented an introduction into issues the project is dealing with. This was be followed by five topics which were each analysed by a Chinese and a European presenter. The speakers were CAO Xianfeng (Jilin), CUI Jianyuan (Beijing), GUO Mingrui (Yantai), WANG Cheng (Peking) and ZHANG Pinghua (Yantai) as well as Michael FAURE (Maastricht/Rotterdam), Monika HINTEREGGER (Graz), Ernst KARNER (Wien), Ken OLIPHANT (Bristol) and Alessandro SCARSO (Milan). The Conference provided ample opportunity for discussion and debate.

Pictures of the event are available here.
2/13/2015 2:53:50 PM | 0 comments

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