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The Globalization of Class Actions

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December 13, 2007 - December 14, 2007

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This major conference will bring together leading legal scholars, practitioners and judges from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia to examine and debate the global spread of class actions and other forms of representative and group litigation.

Country: Argentina
Writer: Dr Hector Meiral
E-mail: HAM@marval.com.ar
National Report: Collective and Class Actions in Argentina
Legislation: Bill Submitted by Lower House Representatives
Country: Australia
Writer: Prof Vince Morabito
E-mail: Vince.Morabito@buseco.monash.edu.au
National Report: Class Actions, Group Litigation and Other Forms of Collective Litigation: National Report Australia
Country: Belgium
Writer: Pro Dr Matthias Storme and Prof Dr Evelyne Terryn
E-mail: matthias.storme@law.kuleuven.be, Evelyne.Terryn@law.kuleuven.be
National Report: Belgium Report on Class Actions
Country: Brazil
Writer: Prof Ada Pellegrini
E-mail: adapell@pbrasil.com.br
National Report: The Defense of the Transindividual Interests: Brazil And Ibero-America
Legislation: XIII International Congress of Procedural Law
Country: Canada
Writer: Prof William Bogart, Jasminka Kalajdic
E-mail:wbogart@uwindsor.ca, jk@strosbergco.com
National Report: Class Actions in Canada: A National Procedure in a Multi-Jurisdictional Society?
Country: Chile
Writer: Martín Gubbins
E-mail: martin.gubbins@estudiocg.cl
National Report: Class Actions in Chile
Legislation: Act 19496 – Rules Regarding the Protection of Consumer's Rights
Country: China
Writer: Michael Palmer and Chao Xi
E-mail: chaoxi@cuhk.edu.hk
National Report: Collective and Representative Actions in China
Country: Denmark
Writer: Prof Erik Werlauff
E-mail: erik@werlauff.com
National Report: Class actions in Denmark – from 2008
Conference Presentation: Collective redress in Danish law and perspectives at EU level
Country: England
Writer: Dr. Christopher Hodges
E-mail: christopher.hodges@csls.ox.ac.uk
National Report: Global Class Actions Project Country Report: England and Wales
Country: EU
Writer: Dr. Christopher Hodges
E-mail: christopher.hodges@csls.ox.ac.uk
National Report: Global Class Actions Project Summary of European Union Developments
Country: Finland
Writer: Dr. Klaus Viitanen
E-mail: klaus.viitanen@helsinki.fi
Country: France
Writer: Prof Véronique Magnier
E-mail: vgmagnier@aol.com
National Report: Class Actions, Group Litigation & Other Forms of Collective Litigation Protocol for National Reporters: France
Legislation: France Legislation
Country: Germany
Writer: Dr. Dietmar Baetge
E-mail: baetge@mpipriv.de
National Report: Class Actions, Group Litigation & Other Forms of Collective Litigation
Legislation:
1) Act on the Initiation of Model Case Proceedings in respect of Investors in the Capital Markets
2) Gesetz über Unterlassungsklagen bei Verbraucherrechts- und anderen Verstößen
3) Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb UWG
Country: Indonesia
Writer: Mas Achman Santosa
E-mail: mas.achmad.santosa@undp.org
Country: Israel
Writer: Amichai Magen, Dr Peretz Segal
E-mail: erav@stanford.edu, PeretzS@justice.gov.il
National Report:
1) The Globalization of Class Actions National Report: Israel
2) Israeli Class Action Law - 2006
Country: Italy
Writer: Prof Elisabetta Silvestri
E-mail: silveli@unipv.it
National Report:
1) The Globalization of Class Actions: Italian Report
2) Consumers’ Collective Actions: An Update On Italian Draft Legislation
Country: Japan
Writer: Prof Ikuo Sugawara
E-mail: sugawara@nomolog.nagoya-u.ac.jp
National Report: The current situation of class action in Japan
Country: Malaysia
Writer: Prof Dr Yeow Choy Choong, Sujata Balan
E-mail: choongyeowchoy@yahoo.co.uk, sujatabalan@um.edu.my
National Report: Class Actions in Malaysia: Principles and Procedural Obstacles
Legislation: Rules of the High Court 1980
Country: Netherlands
Writer: Dr. Ianika Tzankova
E-mail: i.n.tzankova@uvt.nl
National Report: Class Actions, Group Litigation and Other Forms of Collective Litigation Dutch Report
Country: Norway
Writer: Prof Camilla Bernt-Hamre
E-mail: camilla.bernt-hamre@jur.uib.no
National Report: Class Actions, Group Litigation & Other Forms of Collective Litigation in the Norwegian Courts
Legislation: Act of 17 June 2005 no. 90 relating to mediation and procedure in civil disputes (The Dispute Act)
Country: Poland
Writer: Dr Magdalena Tulibacka
E-mail: Magdalena.sengayen@csls.ox.ac.uk
National Report: National Report for the Global Class Actions Conference at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: POLAND – legal system in transition
Country: Portugal
Writer: Prof Henrique Antunes
E-mail: hnsa@fd.ucp.pt
National Report: Class Actions, Group Litigation & Other Forms of Collective Litigation (Portuguese Report)
Legislation: Portugal Legislation
Country: Singapore
Writer: Prof Jeffrey Pinsler
E-mail: lawpinsl@nus.edu.sg
National Report: Responses To Questions On Class Actions And Group Litigation
Legislation: Representative proceedings (O. 15, r. 12) 12.
Country: Spain
Writer: Prof Pablo Gutiérrez de Cabiedes
E-mail: pgcabi@unizar.es
National Report: Group Litigation in Spain National Report
Legislation: Spanish Regulation on Collective Action
Country: South Africa
Writer: Judge Clive Plasket
E-mail: CPlasket@justice.gov.za
National Report: Representative Standing in South African Law
Country: Sweden
Writer: Prof Per Henrik Lindblom
E-mail: PerHenrik.Lindblom@jur.uu.se
National Report: Group Litigation in Sweden
Country: Switzerland
Writer: Prof Samuel Baumgartner
E-mail: samuel8@uakron.edu
National Report: Group Litigation in Switzerland
Country: Taiwan
Writer: Prof Kuan-Ling Shen
E-mail: kshen@ntu.edu.tw
National Report: Multi-Party Proceedings in Taiwan: Representatives and Group Action
Country: USA
Writer: Nicholas Pace
E-mail: nickpace@rand.org
National Report: Class Actions in the United States of America: an Overview of the Process and the Empirical Literature

The products of the conference will be:

  • An edited volume based on conference contributions, providing the first comprehensive overview of a significant worldwide change in the nature of civil litigation, published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
  • A book containing the texts (in English) of statutes and rules providing for class actions and other forms of representative and group litigation, and analyses of how these legal vehicles operate in practice, the extent and variety of their uses to date, and projections for the future.
  • A website with updates of the laws as they develop.

Organizers

The project and conference are organized by Prof. Deborah Hensler and Dr. Christopher Hodges. Hensler is the Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution at Stanford Law School and the former Director of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, and a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is the lead author of CLASS ACTION DILEMMAS: PURSUING PUBLIC GOALS FOR PRIVATE GAIN (2000) and has written extensively about mass tort litigation. Hodges is an Associate Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and head of its research program on Civil Justice Systems. Prior to joining the Centre, Hodges was a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, in London. He is the author of MULTI-PARTY ACTIONS (2001) and EUROPEAN REGULATION OF CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY (2005).

Sponsors and costs

Major funding for the conference has been provided by the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Stanford Law School, and the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Additional support for the conference has been contributed by Ashursts; James Greer, Esq; Lieff Cabraser Heiman & Bernstein LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Swiss Re.

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