The Institute for European Tort Law is pleased to announce a Juristenrunde (lecture) by Hongjie Man, Associate Professor at Shandong University, School of Law, China.

It has been almost four years since the Tort Liability Law of China came into force; Chapter VII of the statute (on the Liability for Medical Malpractice) stopped the chaos brought about by the differences between the 2002 Regulation on the Handling of Medical of Accidents, judicial interpretations promulgated by the Supreme People’s Court (the highest court of China) and the General Principles of Civil Law.
However, there are still many doubts and debates over the new regulations: eg, the standard of fault, the nature of the liability for blood transfusions, the justifications for introducing strict liability and the limitations of informed consent.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 10:30am. All are welcome to attend. Please register at: etl@oeaw.ac.at
4/30/2014 1:16:23 PM | 0 comments


From April 24 to April 26, 2014, the 13th 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 2013. Experts from across the continent presented highlights from their contributions to the Yearbook, European Tort Law 2013, which will be published in autumn 2014. 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 24, 2014) with an opening lecture by Helmut Koziol (Law of Torts and ‘Schadenersatzrecht’), who acted as a substitute for Simon Whittaker, who, due to unforeseen circumstances, was not able to attend the Conference. Simon Whittaker’s lecture (Opting into Tort) will still be published in JETL. The Conference concluded with a special session on Cyber Torts on Saturday morning (April 26, 2014) with lectures by Bernhard A Koch (Cyber Torts – Something Virtually New?), Ronen Perry (Liability for Online Anonymous Speech – Comparative and Economic Analyses), Steve Hedley (Cybertrespass – a solution in Search of a Problem?) and Mårten Schultz (Tort Law, Guerilla Warfare and the Promotion of Cyber Privacy).

The Conference provided ample opportunity for discussion and debate, both in the formal proceedings and during the breaks.
The 14th Annual Conference on European Tort Law will be held from Thursday, April 9, to Saturday, April 11, 2015.
4/29/2014 8:43:32 PM | 0 comments


The Institute for European Tort Law is pleased to announce the translation of a sizeable number of the volumes from our long running Tort and Insurance Law series into Chinese and its subsequent publication by China Legal Publishing House (中国法制出版社):
  • H Koziol/W Doralt (eds), Abschlussprüfer, Haftung und Versicherung, China Legal ISBN 3-211-20800-3
  • M Faure/H Koziol (eds), Cases on Medical Malpractice in a Comparative Perspective, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-3922-0
  • WV Horton Rogers (ed), Damages for Non-Pecuniary Loss in a Comparative Perspective, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4224-4
  • U Magnus (ed), The Impact of Social Security on Tort Law,China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4163-6
  • BA Koch/H Koziol (eds), Compensation for Personal Injury in a Comparative Perspective, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4232-9
  • H Koziol/A Warzilek (eds), The Protection of Personality Rights against Invasions by Mass Media, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4230-5
  • G Wagner (ed), Tort Law and Liability Insurance, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4085-1
  • WH van Boom/M Lukas/C Kissling (eds), Tort and Regulatory Law, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4136-0
  • WH van Boom/M Faure (eds), Shifts in Compensation between Private and Public Systems, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-4094-3
  • H Koziol/V Wilcox (eds), Punitive Damages, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-3694-6
  • K Oliphant (ed), Aggregation and Divisibility of Damage, China Legal ISBN 978-7-5093-3916-9
Furthermore, volumes from the Unification of Tort Law Series are avaliable in Chinese Translation from Law Press China Publishers:
  • H Koziol (ed), Unification of Tort Law: Wrongfulness, ISBN 978-7-5036-9520-9
  • J Spier (ed), Unification of Tort Law: Causation, ISBN 978-7-5036-9521-6
  • U Magnus (ed), Unification of Tort Law: Damages, ISBN 978-7-5036-9909-2
  • J Spier (ed), Unification of Tort Law: Liability for Damage Caused by Others, ISBN 978-7-5036-9726-5
  • U Magnus/M Martín-Casals (eds), Unification of Tort Law: Contributory Negligence, ISBN 978-7-5118-0066-4

We hope that all the translated volumes will help spark further discussion of the European tort law tradition within China, perhaps as an inspiration for developing tort law.
1/31/2014 6:37:57 PM | 0 comments


'It is a great pleasure and honor for me to announce that I shall serve as Acting Director of the Institute for European Tort Law from 1 January 2014. As a Professor of civil law at the University of Vienna, a long-time contributor to the Institute’s projects and, previously Deputy Director of the Institute, I am well aware of the Institute’s outstanding position in the scientific legal community. In my role as Acting Director I am committed to maintaining this standing by supporting and intensifying the ongoing excellent research conducted by our Institute.'
1/28/2014 1:24:36 PM | 0 comments


The Conference will provide practitioners and academics alike with the opportunity to learn about the most significant tort law developments in Europe in 2013. Experts from across the continent will present highlights from their contributions to the Yearbook, European Tort Law 2013, which will be published after the Conference. An overview of developments in EU law will also be provided and a concluding summary will identify and assess the most important emerging trends.

The Conference begins on Thursday evening (April 24, 2014) with an opening lecture by Simon Whittaker (Oxford) on 'Opting into Tort'. It will conclude with a special session on Cyber Torts on Saturday morning (April 26, 2014).

Throughout the Conference, there will be ample opportunity for discussion and debate, both in the formal proceedings and during the breaks.

All information are online available via www.acet.ectil.org.

1/17/2014 3:54:14 PM | 0 comments


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