Seminar: Liability v Innovation – Unpacking key connections 2015-2017

Registration (without charge) is now available for the seminar on 22 February 2017 at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT Brisbane.

This seminar forms part of the UK Economic & Social Research Council Seminar Series: Liability v Innovation: unpacking key connections 2015-2017.

The series’ objectives are to explore the relationships between tort liability, disciplinary proceedings, defensive medicine and the effect on innovation. Particular attention will focus on regenerative medicine and on medicinal products in which the stakes in terms of decreased innovation are especially high.

Research questions include: Empirical questions: the extent of defensive medicine and of stifled innovation; Methodologicalquestions: how to define and measure innovation; the extent to which changes in legal rules affect levels of defensive medicine and innovation; the relative weight of tort liability and of disciplinary proceedings in causing defensive medicine and stifled innovation; and Normative questions: how to balance the interests of clinicians, patients and society; how best to encourage responsible innovation; whether the regulation of innovative treatments and research should change and whether it should be unified.

About the Seminar:

Clinicians are likely to be more wary of disciplinary proceedings than of malpractice suits. Yet, curiously, much of the defensive medicine research focuses solely on tort liability to the neglect of disciplinary proceedings. Seminar 4 will begin to fill this void by looking into disciplinary proceedings in the context of innovative treatments and their supposed consequences, drawing on the experience of academics, clinicians, legal practitioners and regulators.

Moderator: Associate Professor Tina Cockburn

Confirmed participants and speakers include:

  • Dr Paula Case (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Professor Tsachi Keren-Paz (Law, Keele University, UK)
  • Adjunct Professor Bill Madden (QUT, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Megan Munsie (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Professor Eleanor Milligan (Griffith University, Australia, Community Member The Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia)
  • Ms Katharine Philp (Partner TressCox Lawyers, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Bernadette Richards (The University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Professor James Richardson (Keele University, UK)
  • Professor Wendy Rogers (Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Professor Cameron Stewart (The University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Matthew Spittall (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Associate Professor David Morgan OAM (University of Queensland, Australia)



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