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Professor Michael Green appointed member of executive committee of new World Tort Law Society, participates in inaugural meeting in China

Professor Michael Green

Wake Forest Law Professor Michael Green is a member of the executive committee of the newly established World Tort Law Society. In his leadership role, he attended the inaugural meeting of the society, which was held Sept. 14-15 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China.

Participants included leading torts scholars from around the world, including Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America. The North American contingent, of which Green was a member, included Bruce Feldthusen of the University of Ottawa, John Goldberg of Harvard University, and Catherine Sharkey of New York University.

The theme of the meeting was product-related injuries and the manner in which such accidents are dealt with in the participating countries.

The Society, jointly founded by the Institute for European Tort Law, the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) and the Research Centre for Civil and Commercial Jurisprudence, Renmin University, Beijing, China, aims to provide a forum for the discussion of current tort law issues on a global basis.

The Society has an invited membership of approximately 25 scholars torts. The first President of the Society is Helmut Koziol (ECTIL) of Vienna, Austria. The Society’s Executive Committee consists of Professor Yang Lixin (Renmin University) of Beijing, China, Ken Oliphant (Institute for European Tort Law and Bristol University) of both Vienna and Bristol, England and Professor Green. Professor  Zhu Wang (Sichuan University) of Chengdu, China acts as the Committee’s secretary.

Attendees of the first meeting submitted papers in English that will be published in Europe. All of the the papers will also be translated into Chinese, and will be published by Renmin University in China.

Plans call for future meetings to be held about varying torts topics every two years at changing locations in China, Europe, and the United States, among others.

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