Wake Forest Law Review presents ‘Driving Around the World in One Day: Traffic Accident Liability and the Future of Autonomous Vehicles,’ as Fall 2017 symposium on Friday, Nov. 17

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Wake Forest Law Review’s Fall 2017 symposium, “Driving Around The World In One Day: Traffic Accident Liability and the Future of Autonomous Vehicles,” will explore the various approaches around the world to liability for traffic accidents from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017,  in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Registration is not required but it is encouraged due to parking constraints.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is pending approval of 4.5 hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). It is co-sponsored by the law firms of Daggett Shuler in Winston-Salem and Wallace & Graham of Salisbury as well as the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence and the Provost Office of Global Affairs.

David Daggett (JD ‘85), Griff Shuler (JD ‘94), Mona Wallace (JD ‘79) and William Graham, who studied at Wake Forest Law his 3L year but earned his JD at Antioch Law School, are all sponsors, who are also supporting the World Tort Law Society‘s third biennial meeting, which will be held Nov. 15-18, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center.

Professor Michael Green is hosting and helping organize both events as a founding member of the World Tort Law Society.

Ranging from no fault to strict liability, countries have taken drastically different approaches to the liability motorists face post-collision. Distinguished speakers from both the legal community and the auto world will discuss the laws in their respective countries and offer their thoughts on which approach works best and how to better improve motor vehicle accident liability laws. Ancillary to automobile liability is the future of liability when autonomous vehicles are in accidents. For this part of the symposium, speakers will address the liability implications and insurance adjustments necessary in a future with driverless cars.


Panel 1

9:15 a.m to 11:45 a.m. – Automobiles Tort Law and Insurance Panel: The Regulatory Sweet Spot of Autonomous Vehicles

Mark Geistfeld, NYU School of Law

The Intersection Between Tort Law and the Automobile

Nora Engstrom, Stanford Law School

Product Liability and Insurance as Regulation in the Transition to Driverless Cars

Kyle Logue, University of Michigan School of Law

The Liability Implications of Highly Automated Vehicles

Emily Frascaroli, Counsel at Ford Motor Company

Panel 2

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Motor Vehicle Accidents Around the World: A Comparative Analysis of Accident Systems

Ernst Karner, University of Vienna Law

Extra-Strict Liability in France

Jean-Sébastien Borghetti, University of Paris

No Fault (Pure) in Canada

Daniel Gardner, University of Laval Law

Panel 3

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  – Reflection from the Trenches (North Carolina attorneys’ perspectives)

Don Beskind, Duke University School of Law and Donald H. Beskind

Dave Daggett, Daggett Shuler

Kirk Warner, Smith Anderson

Tom Karol, General Counsel, Federal at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

Questions? Contact Law Review Symposium Editors Katie Baiocchi baiocm15@wfu.edu and Ashley Barton at bartae15@wfu.edu.