Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective

2010 Chicago-Kent Law Review Live Symposium

Presented in partnership with the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL)

Symposium Editors

Professor Richard W. Wright, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Professor Ken Oliphant, Institute for European Tort Law

Vienna University of Technology
Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien
December 3 & 4, 2010


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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.

Day 1 Schedule

 9:00am Ken Oliphant Welcome
9:10am David Hyman & Charles Silver United States
9:40am Colleen Flood  Canada
10:10am Discussion
10:50am Coffee Break
 11:10am  Bernhard A. Koch Austria
 11:40am  Florence G’Sell-Macrez & Geneviève Helleringer France
 12:10pm Discussion
 12:40pm  Lunch
 1:40pm  Marc Stauch Germany
 2:10pm Claudia DiMarzo  Italy
 2:40pm Kinga Baczyk-Rozwadowska Poland
3:10pm  Discussion
 3:40pm  Coffee Break
 4:00pm Mette Hartley, Mårten Schultz & Vibe Ulfbeck  Scandinavia
 4:30pm Richard Goldberg United Kingdom
 5:00pm Discussion
 5:30pm  End of Session
 7:30pm Conference Dinner

Day 2 Schedule

 9:00am Eduardo Dantas  Brazil
 9:30am Zhu Wang China
 10:00am Discussion
 10:30am Coffee Break
 10:50am Pieter Carstens & Loutjie Coetzee South Africa
 11:20am Rob Leflar Japan
 11:50am Stephen Todd New Zealand
 12:20pm Discussion
 12:50pm Ken Oliphant & Richard Wright Closing Remarks
 1:05pm End of Conference