University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA
November 19-20, 2015

November 19, 2015

Location: Penn Law Fitts Auditorium

Welcome, Dean Theodore Ruger

Introduction, Professor Eric Feldman

Keynote Address: Kenneth Feinberg
“Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges”

CLE Reading, “What is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11”

6:00pm Dinner (for invited guests)

November 20, 2015

Location: Penn Law Silverman 240A
8:30am Registration & Breakfast

Welcome, Dean Theodore Ruger

Introduction, Professor Eric Feldman


Panel One: Disasters: Mapping the Legal Terrain

William Burke-White, Penn Law, Chair

Robert Rabin, Professor of Law, Stanford University: “Compensatory and Remedial Relief for Disasters in the American Legal System”

Marc Ferzan, School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia: “Catastrophic Events: State and City Challenges under the U.S. Disaster Recovery Regulatory Scheme”

John Hoffman: Acting Attorney General, State of New Jersey: “Managing the Disaster After the Disaster: Legal Issues in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy”


Panel Two: Industrial Disasters: The Case of Bhopal

Shyam Balganesh, Penn Law, Chair

Indira Jaising, Lawyer’s Collective, and former Additional Solicitor General, India: “Legal Letdown”

Marc Galanter, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin: “Missing Deterrence: Bhopal’s Bitter Legacy”

11:30am Break

Panel Three: Natural Disasters: The Sichuan Earthquake

Jacques deLisle, Penn Law, Chair

An Yu, Professor of Public Policy, Tsinghua University: “Responding to the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake: The Legal Issues”

Benjamin Liebman, Professor of Law, Columbia University: “Damages for Disasters in China”

1:00pm Lunch

Panel Four: Nuclear Disasters: The Fukushima Meltdown

Frank Upham, Professor of Law, New York University, Chair

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chair, Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission: Lessons and On-Going Issues of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Richard Samuels, Professor of Political Science, MIT: “3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan”


Panel Five: Comparing Law and Disasters: Three Perspectives

Eric Feldman, Penn Law, Chair

Peter Schuck, Professor of Law, Yale University and New York University

Colonel Jerome Hatfield, Regional Administrator, Region II, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Reilly Morse, Director, Mississippi Center for Justice

4:15pm Closing Remarks