Punitive damages remain one of the most controversial areas in the history of tort law. With the growing discourse on the subject on the continent and indeed across the globe, the consensus is that it seems worthwhile and even an urgency to discuss, thoroughly and on a comparative basis, the nature, role and suitability of such damages in tort law and private law in general. This is especially so in light of the attempts to reform and unify continental European legal systems and the recent seminal judgments and consultations in this field of law.
This one-day conference brings together a distinguished panel of scholars and practitioners as keynote speakers. Contributions will be heard from jurisdictions that openly endorse punitive damages, in particular, England, South Africa and the United States as well as those jurisdictions which vehemently deny their existence although some of them covertly incorporate punitive damages into the framework of their tort systems. The position in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, the Scandinavian countries as well as EU Law will thus be considered.
The Conference will include a report on punitive damages from a Law and Economics perspective and will also touch on the controversies surrounding the insurability of such damages. The Conference will be Chaired by Sir Henry Brooke, a former Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales and Ken Oliphant, the newly appointed Director of the Institute for Tort and Insurance Law and will provide a forum in which attendants can interact, network and enrich our discussions on the topic.
If you would like to receive further information on this event, please send us an e-mail. You can also download an information folder.