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Invitation to workshop: “Non-consequential theories of strict liability in historical perspective”

Together with: The Grotiana Foundation. We would like to invite you to the workshop “Non-consequential theories of strict liability in historical perspective”.

Early modern jurists have struggled to come to terms with the concept of strict liability, as they thought primarily in terms of fault and culpability. Even today, when lawgivers and jurists reflect on the concept – for instance in the present debate on the liability for artificial-intelligence based robots – strict liability is hard to explain from a non-consequentialist perspective. In preparation of the quattrocentenary of the publication of the De Jure Belli ac Pacis, the workshop takes the ideas of Hugo Grotius as its starting point, to look at his sources and his influence on seventeenth and eighteenth century authors.

At this workshop, hosted at IE University, IE Law School on January 10, 2020 in Madrid, academic scholars will come together to discuss these topics.

Please confirm your attendance through the registration link. Registration is free.


  • Dr. James Gordley, W.R. Irby Professor of Law at Tulane Law School, with a paper on “The Natural Law Schools and the Passing of Strict Liability”.
  • Dr. Joe Sampson, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, with a paper on “The Place of Fault in Grotius’ Analysis of Delict”.
  • Dr. Wouter Druwé, Assistant Professor of Roman Law and Legal History at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, with a paper on “Qualitative liability in the early modern Low Countries”.
  • Dr. Bart Wauters, Assistant Professor of Legal History and Legal Theory at IE Law School – IE University, with a paper on “Strict liability in Grotius, Smith, Kant and beyond”.


  • Date:  January, 10, 2020 
  • Time: 10:00 to 13:30
  • Place: C/ Serrano 105, Madrid, Spain. 28006

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