Gespräch am 29.6.2016

Dr. Bevan Marten (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand):
New Zealand's Accident Compensation Scheme: The Statutory Bar, Viewed from Afar

Dr. Marten's talk discusses the connections between New Zealand's unique accident compensation system for personal injury ("ACC") and private international law, with particular focus on product liability. Currently the ACC scheme bars proceedings covered by New Zealand law, even when taken against a foreign defendant that has little or no economic connection with the scheme. Dr. Marten argues that the boundaries of the scheme - 50 years old in 2017 - may need re-shaping to accomodate the world of modern international litigation. Dr. Bevan Marten is a Senior Lecturer in law at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He obtained an LL.M. at the University of Cambridge and wrote his dissertation at the Max Planck Research School for Maritime Affairs in Hamburg (2010-2012). His research interests are in the fields of maritime, insurance, property and private international law.