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Professor Ken Oliphant


Ken Oliphant 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 pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to English, European and comparative tort law, and compensation for incapacity. He is the joint author of Tort Law: Text & Materials, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, 2013 (with Mark Lunney and Donal Nolan) and Torts, 4th edn, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011 (with Alastair Mullis), general editor of the practitioners’ reference work Tort Law (3rd edn, 2015, Butterworths Common Law Series), and editor of several books in the series Tort and Insurance Law. 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). He is a member of the European Group on Tort Law (and led its recently concluded project on public authority liability) and the American Law Institute (for which he is currently an Adviser on the Restatement Third of Torts: Economic Harm), as well as the European Law Institute (acting as co-drafter of its Statement on Collective Redress in 2014).