Law School Workshop: 'Vicarious Liability in the Common Law World'

15 April 2021, 9.00 AM - 15 April 2021, 5.30 PM

Online - Via Zoom

This one-day workshop taking place on Thursday 15th April 2021 will examine the development of vicarious liability across the common law world.  Vicarious liability, that is strict liability for the torts of others, represents one of the most controversial areas of tort law. It has been debated in recent years in the highest courts of many common law jurisdictions, with, notably, two decisions of the UK Supreme Court in April 2020.  In this workshop, leading academics from England and Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Scotland, and Hong Kong will reflect on developments in their own jurisdiction to provide a comparative overview of the modern doctrine of vicarious liability. 


  • Australia: Dr Christine Beuermann (Newcastle)
  • Canada: Professor Jason Neyers (UWO)
  • England and Wales: Professor Paula Giliker (Bristol)
  • Hong Kong: Professor Rick Glofcheski (HKU) 
  • Ireland: Dr Desmond Ryan (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • New Zealand: Professor Stephen Todd (University of Canterbury NZ)
  • Singapore: Professor David Tan (NUS)
  • Scotland: Dr Mat Campbell (Glasgow) and Dr Bobby Lindsay (Glasgow)


Session 1: New Zealand; Hong Kong; Singapore
9:00 - 11.30

Session 2: England and Wales; Ireland; Australia; Canada and Scotland
13:45 - 17:30

Full agenda available here (PDF, 140kB)

Audience members should register for one or both sessions by clicking on the session of interest above. All times are GMT +1. Please note all registered attendees will receive the Zoom joining link prior to the event.

Contact Information
For further information on this event, please contact Paula Giliker.


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