Foreign Tort Law: Beyond Europe – San Diego

Call for papers: Foreign Tort Law: Beyond Europe, AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems, San Diego, CA, Jan. 9, 2009.    The call for papers deadline is July 2, 2008.                      

Injury, particularly human physical injury, is a universal problem. And yet, in the United States little is written about other countries’ mechanisms for awarding civil liability for injury.   In recent years, with the European Group on Tort Law’s publication of its Principles of European Tort Law, more is known about liability
rules in the European Union. 

This panel attempts to further expand U.S. scholars’ understanding of foreign tort law.  The program will address issues of accountability, deterrence and compensation for injury in other nations, particularly developing nations.  The panel will address foreign approaches to civil liability in its broadest sense.  Some approaches to injury response may be easily recognizable as tort law, and other approaches may differ more markedly from what might be considered tort law in the United States.

The executive committee of the Torts and Compensation Section is now accepting proposals for papers concerning foreign tort law.  Special consideration will be give to the tort law of developing countries. Proposals for papers may be written by either foreign or U.S. scholars.  A limited amount of funding is available for foreign scholars to travel to the United States to speak at the program. Drafts of accepted  papers will be presented on January 9, 2009, at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego.  Final versions of the papers will be published later in the year in a symposium edition of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Interested authors and speakers should submit (via email) an abstract of fewer than 300 words to bublick [at], by July 2, 2008.

Questions and requests for further information can also be directed to:
Contact:  Ellen Bublick
Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Address: 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0176
Tel: (520) 621-5600