Pepperdine University School of Law hosted international scholars for a symposium titled, “Does the World Still Need U.S. Tort Law? (Or Did it Ever?)” on Friday, April 16, in Malibu, California.
Speakers included sixteen law professors and international tort scholars, including Michael D. Green, Bess and Walter Williams Chair at Wake Forest University School of Law; Ellen Bublick, Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law at the University of Arizona; Peter Cane, professor of law, Australian National University; and Allen M. Linden, distinguished visiting jurist, Pepperdine University School of Law, and former supernumerary judge of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada.
“Over the past century, United States tort law has served as a model, in many ways, for the world,” said Rick Cupp, professor of law. “Although most nations are less litigious and award less in damages, many nations have looked to the more active United States courts for guidance in forming and reforming tort doctrines. However, at the same time that globalization has rapidly expanded, since the 1980s United States tort law has retrenched on many fronts.”
The symposium examined the 21st century United States tort law and asked whether the U.S. tort system has anything to offer the world to make it a better place.
To learn more about the conference, visit the Web site.