Andrew Bell joined both the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) and the Centre for European Private Law of the University of Graz in April 2016.
He read law at the Universities of Cambridge and Regensburg and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and was previously employed as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Nils Jansen at the latter university’s Institute for Legal History. Andrew first joined ETL and the University of Graz in 2013 as a research assistant, before moving to the UK to begin both to undertake his doctoral research and to work as a teaching associate at the University of Birmingham. He remained there until 2016.
Andrew’s doctoral thesis discussed the nature of non-pecuniary losses and damages awards made for them in the English tort of negligence. Since its completion, he has been working on a number of research projects dealing, inter alia, with substantive legal responses to intractable factual uncertainties, losses defined by claimant choices, and an agent’s liability for breach of a warranty of authority. He has presented his research internationally, including at conferences in the UK, Austria, Germany, and China.
Andrew currently teaches within his role at the University of Graz, with his biannual course presenting a comparative introduction to English private law and the English legal system and language. He has previously taught tort law at the University of Birmingham and a master’s level comparative law course in the field of advanced obligations at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Aside the law, Andrew enjoys running and playing the piano (somewhat poorly). He speaks English and German currently and is making slow but steady progress learning Dutch and Italian (and rescuing his school French from the recesses of his memory).
Main Areas of Research
- Common law and European tort law
- Comparative law
- Private law
- ‘Klagen clever kaufen!’  Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft 263, with Thomas Thiede.
- ‘Picking the Piper, the Payment, and Tune – the liability of European textile retailers for the torts of suppliers abroad’ (2017) 33 (1) Professional Negligence 25, with Thomas Thiede.
- Contributions passim in: G Koziol & H Koziol, Austrian Private Law. An Overview in Comparison with German Law and with References to English and French Law, in cooperation with Andrew Bell and Samuel Fulli-Lemaire (Vienna: Jan Sramek 2017).
- Comparative Reports 2/31 (tit. ‘Forms of Misconduct’); 4/31 (tit. ‘The Relevance of Statutory Norms’); 5/31 (tit. ‘The Relevance of Non-Statutory Norms’); 6/31 (tit. ‘Special Skills or Expertise’); and 7/31 (tit. ‘Inexperience or Lack of Skill’) in: B Winiger, E Karner, & K Oliphant (eds), Digest of European Tort Law. Vol. 3: Essential Cases on Misconduct (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2018), with Ernst Karner.
- ‘“Double, double toil and trouble”: Recent Movements in Vicarious Liability’  Journal of Personal Injury Law 235