Association versus Causation: Epidemiology versus the law?

Date: 11th July 2019
Registration: 9.45 – 10.15am
Sessions: 10.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Moser Room, Wadham College, Oxford

This conference will bring together leading medical and scientific experts with practising and academic lawyers. The intention is to bring some clarity and coherence to the controversial subject of the use of epidemiology in proof of causation in tort litigation.

This issue has been discussed inconclusively in leading cases in particular Sienkiewicz –v- Greif and Williams –v- Bermuda.

The conference will follow an interactive format with case studies illustrating the difficulty in the practical application of epidemiological data drawn from cohorts to specific causation
in litigation.

Consideration will be given to the relevance and application of doubling of risk. This will be followed by open sessions discussing the case studies and attempting to agree propositions relevant to the application of epidemiology. The hope of the conference organizers is that these propositions will provide some authoritative guidance in this context.

Confirmed speakers so far are Professor Sandy Steel, Professor Carl Henegan, Professor Jane Stapleton, Charles Feeny (Barrister), Tobias Milrood (Leading US Product Liability Lawyer) & Dr Niall Boyce, Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry.

The conference will be Chaired by Mr Justice Jeremy Stuart Smith. The conference is free of charge. We are generously sponsored by SPG Law UK.

Registration will commence on the 27th May when a full programme will be published. Please save the date and email editors@pro-vide-law.co.uk.