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Product Liability Forum


The Institute's Product Liability Forum (PLF) was launched in 2004, following the success of a series of events and projects which attracted substantial interest from practitioners, industry and academia. The PLF enables the practical application of policy and developments in product liability and safety law to be considered by leading lawyers in private practice, industry, academia, regulatory bodies and senior business managers, consumer representatives, public servants, public affairs professionals and other specialist practitioners. Its role is to analyse and improve the conduct of policy and practice in the spheres of Product Liability, Product Safety and Mass Torts.

The academic credentials of the Product Liability Forum set it apart from other bodies. It is not designed as a lobby group, nor is it to be identified with any particular perspective or sector. The Product Liability Forum shares the reputation enjoyed by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law for independence, even-handedness and academic rigour.

Duncan Fairgrieve

Forum Director

The work of the Product Liability Forum is led by Professor Duncan Fairgrieve. Duncan is a leading comparative lawyer, with research interests spanning both comparative private and public law, with specific focus on three specific areas, comparative administrative law (with a particular interest in state liability), comparative law of obligations (in particular product liability and the law of torts), as well as comparative law methodology. 

Forum Members

Product Liability Forum members include some of the most expert and experienced lawyers, academics and government officials and international civil servants working on product liability law.

Current members of the Product Liability Forum are listed below. The Forum membership is by invitation only. If you would like further details on how to become a member of the Forum, please contact Professor Duncan Fairgrieve.


Honorary Members

  • Professor Erdem Buyuksagis
  • Professor Richard Goldberg
  • Professor Geraint Howells
  • Professor Eleonora Rajneri

PLF Database

The database covers all relevant legal sources applying to Product Liability in the relevant countries, whether that be legislation, regulations or case-law. It is regularly updated whenever new information, such as case law, legislation or commentaries become available. National experts alert the team of new developments within their country.

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