9 and 10 February 2017: Conference on Judge Made Risk Regulation

Conference Announcement on Judge Made Risk Regulation

On the 9th and 10th of February 2017, the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law (Ucall) and Erasmus School of Law’s research programme Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort will organize a two-day colloquium on ‘judge made risk regulation’,financed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). During this two-day colloquium outstanding academic experts, who are active in the field of tort law, EU law, regulation, civil procedure and law and economics, will assess the potential and limits of judicial risk regulation as a mechanism to redress (alleged) regulatory failures in the context of health and environmental risks.As the Urgenda judgment on Dutch climate change policies illustrates, civil courts can be participants in the (political and regulatory) process of risk regulation. This raises fundamental questions about the capacity and legitimacy of (civil) courts to operate as (semi-)risk regulators and as such intervene in governmental risk policies. Does judicial intervention in governmental risk regulation undermine the foundations of our Western polity? Do courts have the tools to act as risk regulators? Are they able to take into account the social and economic consequences of their rulings? Are they capable of making a sound risk assessment?  Below you’ll find a draft programme. There is no conference fee. Registration is possible by sending an e-mail to ucall@uu.nl. The conference will be held in Utrecht.


The organizing committee consists of:

Prof. dr. M.G. Faure

Prof. dr. I. Giesen

Dr. E.R. de Jong

Prof. dr. P. Mascini


Draft Programme is on the UCALL website.


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