Ranging from no fault to strict liability, countries have taken drastically different approaches to the liability motorists face post-collision. Distinguished speakers from around the world will discuss the laws in their respective countries and offer their thoughts on which approach works best and how to better improve motor vehicle accident liability laws. Ancillary to automobile liability is the future of liability when autonomous vehicles are in accidents. For this part of the symposium, speakers will address the liability implications and insurance adjustments necessary in a future with driverless cars.”

This symposium is being held in conjunction with the World Tort Law Society’s third Biennial Meeting.

Friday, November 17, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wake Forest University School of Law, Room 1312

CLE Credits: Approved for 4.5 Hours

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by the law firms of Daggett Shuler and Wallace & Graham as well as the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence and the Provost Office of Global Affairs.

Please REGISTER today to help accommodate all of our guests for parking.

Please direct any questions to either Katie Baiocchi at baiocm15@wfu.edu or Ashley Barton at bartae15@wfu.edu.


A campus parking map can be found here. Reserved parking will be available for registered symposium attendees at the Winston-Salem First Church parking lot (Letter A on the map). A shuttle will run from that parking lot to the law school. Alternatively, it is only a 5-7 minute walk to the Worrell Professional Center.


9:00 Dean’s Welcome
9:10 Introductory Remarks
Michael D. Green  Bess and Walter Williams Distinguished Chair, Wake Forest University
9:20 First Session:
Automobiles Tort Law and Insurance
 Moderator: Ralph Peeples, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University
Mark Geistfeld  NYU School of Law The Regulatory Sweet Spot of Autonomous Vehicles
Nora Engstrom  Stanford Law School When Cars Crash:  The Automobile’s Tort Law Legacy
Kyle Logue University of Michigan Law Product Liability and Insurance as Regulation in the Transition to Driverless Cars
 Emily Frascaroli Counsel at Ford Motor Company The Liability Implications of Highly Automated Vehicles
11:45 Lunch
1:15 Second Session:
Motor Vehicle Accidents Around the World
 Moderator: Ken Oliphant
 Ernst Karner University of Vienna Law  A Comparative Analysis of Accident Systems
 Jean-Sébastien Borghetti  University of Paris Extra-Strict Liability in France
Daniel Gardner University of Laval Law No Fault (Pure) in Canada
2:45 Afternoon Break
3:00 Third Session:
Reflection From the Trenches
Moderator: Jonathan Cardi, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law, Wake Forest University
Don Beskind Duke University School of Law
Dave Daggett Daggett Shuler
Kirk Warner Smith Anderson
Tom Karol General Counsel – Federal at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
4:30 Adjourn



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