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Third-Party Financing of Litigation: Civil Justice Friend or Foe?

Event Date: Wednesday, October 5 to Thursday, October 6, 2011

Location: New York Athletic Club180 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

The Searle Civil Justice Institute (SCJI) at George Mason University's Law & Economics Center hosted a global conference on Third-Party Financing of Litigation at the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6, 2011.


The conference featured the work product of SCJI's public policy initiative entitled Third-Party Financing of Litigation: Civil Justice Friend or Foe? SCJI has commissioned ten papers by leading international scholars to evaluate the legal and economic issues likely to arise with the expansion of third-party financing of litigation. Particular attention was paid to the potential impact of third-party financing on economic growth and free enterprise systems throughout the world.  

In addition to the participating scholars, the conference featured legal practitioners, financiers, and others with an interest in third-party financing of litigation. By bringing together a group of leading scholars and front-line practitioners, we had an informative and balanced discussion of third-party financing and potential policy concerns.



Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, Volume 8, No. 3

Participating scholars for this conference included:

  • Cento Veljanovski, Managing Partner, Case Associates, London; IEA Fellow in Law and Economics; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Regulatory & Market Analysis, University of South Australia
  • George Barker, Director, Centre for Law and Economics, The Australian National University
  • Alexander Bruns, Director of the Institute for German and Foreign Civil Procedural Law, Freiburg University
  • Ianika Tzankova, Professor of Comparative Mass Litigation, Tilburg Law School
  • Joanna Shepherd Bailey, Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Jeremy Kidd, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Geoffrey J. Lysaught, Deputy Executive Director, Law & Economics Center
  • Michelle Boardman, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Keith N. Hylton, The Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • Jef De Mot, Professor of Law, Center for Advanced Studies in Law and Economics at Ghent University


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