Conference: 30 Years of European Product Liability Law


The Conference will be held on 15th October 2015 at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics University of Wrocław). Its aim is to discuss whether regulation presently in force in European Union Member States concerning liability for loss caused by defective products, as implemented under Council Directive of 25 July 1985 (85/374/EEC) on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning liability for defective products, remains, after thirty years, an adequate legal response to the phenomenon of products brought to market that fail to ensure appropriate levels of safety for their users.

The Conference will focus on exploring the manner in which the Directive on liability for defective products has been implemented into domestic law, with special focus on the relation between the rules of this liability and other rules of tort law, which would allow to assess its functioning after thirty years of its existence. French, German and Polish examples will be discussed and to broaden perspectives, the functioning of the product liability law in the USA will be presented. Legal regulations currently in force will be also confronted with determinations of Law and Economics in respect of economic effectiveness. Furthermore the Conference will be opportunity to discuss if European law will in the near future ensure sufficient safety for individuals using the goods produced byapplying technologies currently under development.

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9.00 – 9.30 Welcome Part and Introduction – by Prof. dr hab. Piotr Machnikowski, University of Wroclaw

9.30 – 12.00 – Part I:

9.30 – 10.00 French Product Liability Law – by Prof. Dr. Jean-Sébastien Borghetti, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
10.00 – 10.30 German Product Liability Law – by Prof. Dr. iur. Ulrich Magnus, RiOLG, Universität Hamburg
10.30 – 11.00 Polish Product Liability Law – by Prof. UG, dr hab. Ewa Bagińska, University of Gdansk
11.00 – 11.30 50 years of Strict Liability in the USA – by Prof. Michael D. Green and Prof. Jonathan Cardi, Wake Forest University School of Law

11:45 – Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30 – Part II:

12.00 – 12.30 Product Liability for Information in Europe? – by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard A. Koch, LL.M., University of Innsbruck
12.30 – 13.00 Topical issues in defectiveness of products in Europe – by Prof. Dr. Gert Straetmans and Dimitri Verhoeven, University of Antwerp
13.00 – 13.30 Further harmonisation of product liability in Europe? A critical economic perspective – by Prof. Dr. Michael G. Faure, LL.M., Maastricht University

13.30 – 14.15 Discussion

Posted on by Nina Baranowska in Consumer Law, General Issues

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Nina Baranowska
Nina Baranowska

PhD candidate in the Department of Civil Law and International Private Law, University of Wroclaw, principal investigator and investigator in grants of the National Science Centre, visiting scholar at the University of Hamburg and Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law