Founded in 1992, the European Group on Tort Law
aimed, inter alia, to create a foundation for further discussions of a future harmonisation of the law of torts in the European Union, above all with respect to a possible codification of European private law through the drafting of a full set of tort principles. The efforts of the Group have already led to a series of well-received publications with Kluwer Law International publishers and the Principles of European Tort Law
were published together with an extensive commentary and translated into several languages in 2005 by Springer Wien/New York publishers. Since then, various member states in the course of revising their Civil Codes have turned to the Principles as a model for reform and even courts of last instance have been known to quote the latter.
Four years on, and in light of the debates it has generated since its publication, the Group, which founded the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law
, will reconvene in January on site in Vienna to commence further work on the Principles, including their revision.
[Update] The pictures of this event can be accessed via this link