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.