The AWPLN has been informed of the following event and encourages members and supporters to attend or submit a paper:

A second biennial colloquium at the University of Sydney Law School on Friday 16 August 2019 on Intersections in Private Law.

There is much to be explored and discussed in how different fields of private law interact with each other – contract law with tort or equitable principles, tort with un just enrichment, – and with other fields of law, such as public law, property law, company law or regulation.

Within just one field of private law, there are still overlaps and distinctions to be drawn (or, more controversially, eradicated)- for example, in tort law, trespass and nuisance, intentional wrongdoing and negligence, defamation and negligence, non-delegable duties and vicarious liability; non-delegable duties and strict liability; liability for physical damage compared with pure economic loss.  In looking at a broader interaction of remedies and obligations, how do causation and remoteness principles operate in different fields? How does vicarious liability interact with corporate law structures and principles?  What is the role of private law in an age of increasing public regulation? How do emerging technologies challenge the application of legal concepts in these fields?  These are just a few questions among many that could be explored.

The aim of this second biennial colloquium is to explore the boundaries, overlaps and complementary operation of fields of private law with each other and externally.  Speakers are free to propose papers on a wide range of topics related to this broad theme.  Papers may be completed or work-in-progress. Papers from early career researchers are warmly encouraged.

It is proposed that the colloquium will take place on Friday 16 August 2019, with a colloquium dinner that night and either a possible extension for papers the next day and /or a follow up teaching workshop the next morning, Saturday 17 August, for those interested in how the modern law curriculum should approach the interaction of obligations and remedies.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • James Goudkamp, Oxford University
  • Luke Rostill, Oxford University
  • Nicole Moreham, Victoria University, NZ
  • Jason Varuhas, Melbourne University
  • Jason Harris, Sydney University
  • Lee Aitken, Queensland University
  • Natalie Silver, Sydney University
  • Gemma Turton, Sydney University
  • Ben Chen, Sydney University
  • David Rolph, Sydney University
  • John Eldridge, Sydney University
  • Barbara McDonald, Sydney University

Please contact Barbara McDonald for more information: barbara.mcdonald@sydney.edu.au

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