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PLF Meeting: Is the Product Liability Directive Fit for Purpose: the Challenges of New Technology

Event Details

Time: 17:15-19:30 (Registration from 16:45)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

This event will bring together domestic & international speakers to consider the challenges posed by new technology to the PLD. This was a central issue in the European Commission's recent Fifth Report on the Directive, as raised by the preceding public consultation which illustrated that there were concerns about whether the Directive was adapted to new advances in technology such as products performing automated tasks bases on algorithms, data analytics, Cloud technology, AI, IoT, defective apps and non-embedded technology.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Dr Herbert Zech, University of Basel, a specialist in new technology and product liability issues and a European Commission Expert;
  • Michaela Herron, Bristows;
  • Rod Freeman, Cooley LLP;
  • John Wilkinson, Head of Devices, MHRA TBC.
  • Alex Forrest, Chubb Insurance

Event convened by Dr Duncan Fairgrieve, Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law & Director, Product Liability Forum and Tort Law Centre.

Join in the conversation @BIICL #ProductLiability

Pricing and Registration

Free to attend for members of the Product Liability Forum. PLF Members wishing to attend should register by emailing Duncan Fairgrieve.

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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