M.A., LL.M., Ph.D.

Andrew J. Bell

Research Assistant

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Andrew Bell joined the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL) in April 2016. He read law at the University of Cambridge, spending an exchange year at the Universität Regensburg and graduating in 2011. Andrew then took a master’s degree (LL.M.) in German law at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Whilst there, he worked as an assistant to Prof. Dr. Nils Jansen at that university’s Institute for Legal History. Following a brief period working in London, Andrew next joined ETL for four months in 2013 to work as a research assistant for its then Director, Prof. Ken Oliphant. Thereafter, Andrew moved back to the UK and began both to undertake his doctoral research and to work as a teaching associate at the University of Birmingham. He remained there until moving back to Vienna.

Andrew successfully defended his doctoral thesis in February 2018 – the research project discussed the nature of non-pecuniary losses and damages awards made for them in the English tort of negligence and was supervised by Dr Claire McIvor (Birmingham). Since submitting his thesis, Andrew has been working on a number of research projects and is currently focused on losses defined by claimant choices and on an agent’s liability for breach of a warranty of authority.

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 schoolboy French from the recesses of his memory).

Main Areas of Research

Main Areas of Research

  • Common law and European tort law
  • Comparative law
  • Private law

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • ‘Klagen clever kaufen!’ [2017] 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’ (2018) Journal of Personal Injury Law (forthcoming).