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Prof. Vern Walker Team-Teaches Health Care Courses in Pisa, Italy

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

Professor Vern Walker is team-teaching, with Professor Giovanni Comandé of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy, two courses in connection with the Hofstra international law program in Pisa, Italy, May 28 – June 11, 2011. The courses are Comparative Regulation of Services and Products in Health Care and Comparative Health Care Liability: Compensation for Medical Accidents.

The first course, Comparative Regulation of Services and Products in Health Care, discusses the main features of regulatory theory, policy and practice in the United States, Italy and the European Union. It has a dual focus, on the delivery of healthcare services and on the sale or distribution of products (such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices). The course explores such key issues as a right to health care, access to health care, rationing of benefits, regulation of quality and cost, cross-border health care, and electronic medical records.

The second course, Comparative Health Care Liability: Compensation for Medical Accidents, deals with medical liability law in the United States, Italy and Europe, and explores such issues as adequacy of informed consent, standards of medical care, factual and legal causation, loss of opportunity or loss of chance, and tort reform.

In addition, the coordination between the two courses provides an integrated perspective on the relationship between prospective regulation and retrospective compensation.

The joint offering of these inter-related courses is part of the ongoing cooperation between Hofstra Law School and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and of the ongoing collaboration between Hofstra Law’s Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology (LLT Lab) and Sant’Anna’s International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory (Lider Lab).

More information is available at law.hofstra.edu

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