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3.5. Product Liability: Effect on the Price

May 29 2015
15:30 - 17:30

Track: 3. Corporate Practice/ International Trade/ Protection of Competition


At the Roundtable the speakers will discuss (among other issues):

  • Product liability rules existing in various jurisdictions and in Russia;
  • EU Directive;
  • Notion of a defect;
  • Development risks;
  • Private law and public law sanctions for production of defective goods;
  • Recovery of product liability damages;
  • Punitive damages and product liability;
  • Effectiveness of product liability set of rules and its effect on the price of goods
  • Insurance and product liability;
  • Product liability in various industries, including pharmaceuticals and car industry.


Ken Oliphant

Professor of Tort Law, Director of Education, University of Bristol Law School


Professional experience:

He joined the University of Bristol Law School in 2006 and was appointed Professor of Tort Law in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, while on extended leave from the Law School, he was Director of the Institute for European Tort Law in the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He previously held faculty positions at King’s College London (1988-99) and Cardiff University (1999-2006).

He is a member of the European Group on Tort Law (and leading its current project on public authority liability), the European Law Institute, and the American Law Institute (for which he is currently an Adviser on the Restatement Third of Torts: Economic Harm).

Professional interests:

He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to English, European and comparative tort law, and compensation for incapacity.

Publications, scientific works:

He is the joint author of Tort Law: Text & Materials, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, 2013 (with Mark Lunney) and Torts, 4th edn, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011 (with Alastair Mullis), general editor of the practitioners’ reference work Tort Law (2nd edn, 2007, Butterworths Common Law Series), and editor of several books in the series Tort and Insurance Law. He also undertook the revision and updating of the title on Tort for Halsbury’s Laws of England, 5th edn, 2010. His association with learned journals includes the Journal of European Tort Law (founding General Editor), the Torts Law Journal (UK correspondent), the Journal of Professional Negligence and the Journal of Law and Society (editorial advisory board).


Richard Goldberg

Professor, Durham University Law School

Stepan Guzey

Partner, Lidings


Professional experience:

Partner in Lidings’ Dispute Resolution practice and head of the Tax & Customs practice in the firm’s Moscow office. His expertise spans high profile restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency cases, as well as corporate disputes.

He is a highly qualified litigator with more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in accordance with the rules of the ICAC with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, as well as other Russian and international arbitration institutions.

He is also skilled in advising on assets and share capital deals with emphasis on tax treaties, cross-border taxation, transfer pricing, general corporate financing, and tax disputes. He has significant experience in advising companies of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Under his lead Lidings is handling the largest individual bankruptcy case in European history (Seán Quinn vs. Irish Bank Resolution Corporation). This transnational bankruptcy project resulted in the formulation and application of practices that currently represent precedent-setting principles – not only in terms of insolvency cases, but also with respect to corporate disputes and matters involving the official recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions in the Russian Federation.

In 2014 he has been elected for a two-year term to represent Russia as a member of the Regional Coordinating Committee for the Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce.


Author of multiple publications and is frequently invited to act as expert and speaker at key events of the professional legal community in Russia and abroad.

Simon Taylor

Professor, University Paris Diderot


Education, academic degree:

After studying and practicing law in England, he obtained a doctorate in law from the University Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris.

Professional experience:

Professor of law at the University Paris Diderot. Member of the Sorbonne Institute of Legal Research and of the European Research Group on Civil Liability and Insurance Law (GRERCA).


He has written widely on issues relating to French and English tort law. He is the author of a book on the harmonisation of European product liability laws, published by LGDJ in France, and on medical accident liability and redress, to be published this year by Cambridge University Press.

Aleksandr Yagelnitsky

Civil Law Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University

*This schedule may be subject to change