Professor Christopher Hodges
Monday, 16th April 2012
Christopher Hodges is Head of the CMS Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford; Erasmus Professor of the Fundamentals of Private Law at Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and Life Member of Wolfson College, Oxford.
His research covers all available dispute resolution systems, with the aim of devising an integrated civil justice model for European states. His books include Reform of Class and Representative Actions in European Legal Systems: A New Approach to Collective Redress in Europe (Hart, 2008), European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety (Oxford, 2005), Multi-Party Actions (Oxford, 2001), and European product liability (1993). His PhD was on European Consumer Product Regulation (King’s College, London, 2003).
He has advised numerous governments and enterprises on law and policy. He is coordinator of the pan-EU Civil Justice Systems Project, which comprises scholars from across the EU, and co-coordinator with Prof Deborah Hensler of Stanford University of the Global Class Actions Project (see http://www.globalclassactions.stanford.edu/).
He graduated from New College, Oxford in 1976 and worked for 28 years in major City of London law firms, attracting a reputation whilst a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna (1990-2004) as one of Europe’s leading experts in product regulation, product liability and class actions. He is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Working Group on the Product Liability Directive, the Academic Advisory Panel on consumer law of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and is a former Chair of the International Bar Association’s Committee on product liability, unfair competition, advertising and consumer affairs.
He is a Board Member of the UK Research Integrity Office (2008-), and has a special interest in health systems. He was Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (representing NHS community pharmacists 2007-11), has chaired various Department of Health working groups, was Vice-Chair of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (2004-8), and Chair of EUCOMED’s Legal Affairs Committee (1995-2008).
He is an accomplished singer and conductor. After being a choral scholar at New College, Oxford he was a founder of the internationally acclaimed choir The Sixteen, and has made many recordings. He has been Chairman of Bampton Classical Opera since 2005.
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