Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective, December 3-4, 2010, Vienna (Austria)

  • Overview
  • Programme
  • Conference Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL)
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Contact Information
  • Downloads


This conference will address liability for medical malpractice and compensation for medical injuries from 14 national and regional perspectives.This is an excellent opportunity to gain a broader perspective on a common problem in many legal systems and the many solutions adopted. It offers a truly international comparative analysis.

The conference aims to consider:

  • The overall scheme for preventing and redressing medical errors and adverse events, including regulation, criminal and civil liability and social and private insurance, and the relationships among these various systems.
  • The details of the applicable liability and compensation systems.
  • Available empirical data on medical errors and adverse events, the operation of the systems designed to prevent and/or redress such errors and events, and the prevalence and impact of measures designed to reduce medical errors and adverse events, improve system performance or reduce system costs.
  • Attitudes and concerns about the liability and compensation systems.

The conference is jointly organized by the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Institute for European Tort Law. Papers from the conference will be published as issues 86:3 and 87:2 of the Review and as a title in the Institute’s Tort and Insurance Law series (jointly edited by the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law).

The conference will be of interest to both legal academics and practitioners interested in the fields of medical malpractice or the wider interaction of legal and healthcare systems as well as those involved in healthcare insurance. The conference is also open to both graduate and undergraduate students and those currently engaged in vocational legal training.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna,
1010 Vienna [MAP]


Ken Oliphant: Welcome


David Hyman/Charles Silver: United States


Colleen Flood: Canada




Coffee Break


Bernhard A. Koch: Austria


Florence G‘Sell-Macrez/Geneviève Helleringer: France






Marc Stauch: Germany


Claudia DiMarzo: Italy


Kinga Baczyk-Rozwadowska: Poland


Discussion: Italy


Coffee Break


Mette Hartlev/Mårten Schultz/Vibe Ulfbeck: Scandinavia


Richard Goldberg: United Kingdom




End of Session


Conference Dinner

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna,
1010 Vienna [MAP]


Eduardo Dantas: Brazil


Zhu Wang: China




Coffee Break


Pieter Carstens/Loutjie Coetzee: South Africa


Rob Leflar: Japan


Stephen Todd: New Zealand




Ken Oliphant/Richard Wright: Closing Remarks


End of Conference

Conference Dinner

Enjoy Viennese wines and Austrian specialities at this casual get-together of Conference speakers and participants on Friday evening (December 3, 2010). Price per person: Eur 38 (including food and beverages); early booking and payment is much appreciated (preferably together with the Conference registration).


ETL has provisionally booked a number of rooms for Conference participants in the HOTEL GRABEN (Eur 76 for a single room incl. breakfast)*, up to November 1st, 2010. Please contact the hotel directly and make your own reservation, indicating that your reservation is for this conference. A credit card number will be required to secure the reservation.

Hotel Graben‚Ää****
Dorotheergasse 3, 1010 Vienna
Tel. (+43-1) 512 15 31-0, Fax (+43-1) 512 15 31-20

* This special rate is only available when booking by phone or email directly with the hotel.

Chicago-Kent Law Review

The Chicago-Kent Law Review began as the “Chicago Kent Review” in 1923 and since then has published well over three hundred issues featuring original works by important scholars in the field of law and beyond. A number of years ago the Law Review adopted an all-symposium format and welcomes suggestions for suitable topics to continue its long tradition of scholarship.

Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL)

Focusing on European jurisdictions, the Institute for European Tort Law of the Austrian Academy of Sciences conducts comparative legal research in the field of tort law. With its research, ETL aims to enhance and promote the harmonisation and further development of tort law in Europe and has already developed a reputation as a leading instigator of comparative legal research in Europe. Much of this success is based on the large network of national experts that collaborate on the Institute‘s various projects. In addition, many of ETL‘s projects are undertaken in conjunction with the ECTIL which itself has long been a leading light in European legal scholarship. ECTIL, an independent association based in Vienna, is a research institute undertaking comparative studies in the field of national, international and common European tort and insurance law. ECTIL is also the institutional basis for the European Group on Tort Law (EGTL), whose core project is the drafting of Principles of European Tort Law. The results of this project are published in a series of the same name (Kluwer).

Continuing Professional Development

From 2010, where appropriate, ETL events are accredited to offer CPD hours for English Solicitors. This event will carry 7 CPD hours. It may be possible to arrange CPD hours for other practioners. Please indicate in advance (see Registration) that you will be attending the event for this purpose.

Contact Information  

Institute for European Tort Law
Reichsratsstrasse 17/2,
1010 Vienna,

Tel.: (+43-1) 4277-29651
Fax: (+43-1) 4277-29670


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