Comparative Torts: Discussion around Markesinis’s German Law of Torts by B.S. Markesinis, J. Bell and A. Janssen

The British Association of Comparative Law warmly invites you to two webinars on Comparative Torts: Liability for Emerging Technologies and Comparative Torts: Liability for Ecological Harm on 29th and 30th March 2021.

The 2019 fifth edition of Markesinis’ magisterial German Law of Torts (1986), by John Bell and André Janssen, is an ideal and indispensable source of reflection on comparative torts and tort law reform, and it will form the starting and focus point of our comparative law discussion. With one broad and searching question in mind, whether the German law of torts is fit for the 21st century, experts in German, French and English tort law will jointly discuss tortious liability in relation to emerging technologies (webinar 1) and in relation to ecological harm (webinar 2). Insights into the English, French and German law of torts on those topics will bring different perspectives together and highlight techniques and factors of legal development; there will be time for an online discussion and Q&A.

Event 1

29th March

1pm-2:30pm (BST time) – 2pm-3:30pm (French/German time)

Liability for emerging technologies

Chair: Professor André Janssen (Radboud Nijmegen)

Discussants: Professor Ulrich Magnus (Hamburg); Professor Gerhard Wagner (Berlin) ; Professor Jonas Knetsch (Saint Etienne); Professor Jean-Sebastien Borghetti (Paris 2); Dr Colm McGrath (King’s College London)

Event 2

30th March

1pm-2:30pm (BST time) – 2pm-3:30pm (French/German time)

Liability for ecological harm

Chair: Professor John Bell (Cambridge).

Discussants:  Professor Simon Taylor (Nanterre); Professor David Howarth (Cambridge); Professor Jonas Knetsch (Saint Etienne)

Booking is required for each event. A link with the details of the virtual meeting will be sent to ticketholders shortly before the start of the meeting.

Please feel free to use the “Contact” button provided on the registration page to share your questions and reflections in advance. Questions can also be submitted during the session via the chat function.

Both webinars will be recorded and the recording posted on Hart’s and BACL’s website.