Prof. Vern Walker Participates in Joint Research Project With Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Vern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Professor Vern R. Walker and Professor Giovanni Comandé of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, are collaborating on a research project blending theory and practice in a comparative law context by applying cutting-edge methods for analyzing legal reasoning, with particular focus on the area of health law.

Their first specific project will focus on comparative logical analysis and software modeling of the legal reasoning in compensation cases for vaccine-related injuries.

In May, Hofstra and the Scuola will sponsor The International and Comparative Law Program in Pisa.

In June, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna will organize an International Workshop on “Medical liability and medical accidents compensation: From the blame game to individual rights protection in the provision of medical services,” in collaboration with Opinio Juris in Comparatione and the Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato, the Italian committee of the Association Internationale des Sciences Juridiques.

This fall, Professors Walker and Comandé will produce a coordinated website for the joint research project as well as a baseline and methods paper on the comparative vaccine research, including hypotheses and preliminary results.

In addition, the two institutions will develop courses for the 2010 International and Comparative Law Program in Pisa, as well as tentative proposals for joint summer or CLE programs.

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