Seminar: 'Complexity and the public role of civil courts in health and environmental matters’ & inaugural lecture prof. E.R. de Jong

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On Friday the 22nd of April 2022 the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law hosts a seminar on 'Complexity and the public role of civil courts in health and environmental matters'. The central question of the seminar is how civil courts can adequately deal with scientifically and normatively complex environmental and health issues. Following this seminar, Prof. Elbert de Jong will give his inaugural lecture at 16:15. 

Seminar theme

Civil courts are increasingly asked to decide on health and environmental issues that are surrounded by normative and/or scientific complexity. Think of litigation in the context of climate change, air pollution, toxic substances and Covid-19. Scientific complexity is for instance present when there is uncertainty about the risks involved. Normative complexity is present when in society there are various normative views on the acceptability of the risks involved, the measures that need to be taken and the way the conflicting public interests that are at stake need to be balanced

The central question of the seminar is how civil courts can adequately deal with scientifically and normatively complex environmental and health issues. This question will be addressed from several  perspectives, using insights from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, economics and of course (private and environmental) law.

Speakers

Speakers during this seminar are (topics will follow shortly):

KNAW Early Career Partnership

The seminar is organized by Prof. Elbert de Jong. Co-organizers are Prof. Michael Faure (Prof. of Law and Economics, Maastricht University & Erasmus School of Law Rotterdam), Prof. Ivo Giesen (Prof. Private Law, Utrecht University) & Prof. Peter Mascini (Prof. Empirical Legal Studies, Erasmus School of Law Rotterdam). The seminar is organized in the context of a KNAW Early Career Partnership, a grant awarded to De Jong in 2020. An Early Career Partnership enables early career researchers to organize a meeting with participants from different scientific disciplines to jointly explore ideas or methods for innovative and unconventional research.

May the corona measures hinder a physical meeting, the seminar will take place online.

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Location
Paushuize Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, 3512 HE, Utrecht.
Registration

Send an e-mail to seminarcomplexityintortlaw@uu.nl. If you want to attend prof. De Jong inaugural lecture, please do mention this in your e-mail.