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CPD Course:
The Tort of Conversion:
OBG Ltd. v. Allan

Presented by
Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff,
Wei Lun Professor of Law,
Dean, Graduate School,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Tort of Conversion: OBG Ltd. v. Allan Revisited
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Code: EVT000000246 Level: Intermediate
Date: 19 October 2018 (Friday) Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45
(Reception starts at 14:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
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Presenter's Profile:
Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff

Lutz-Christian WOLFF is Wei Lun Professor of Law and Dean of Graduate School at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He has been based in Hong Kong since 1999 after several years of studying and working in Shanghai, Taipei, Düsseldorf, Beijing, New York and Frankfurt.  Professor WOLFF specializes in Chinese and international business law, private international law and comparative law.  He is admitted as Solicitor (England & Wales) and as German attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt).

His most recent work includes: The Law of Cross-border Business Transactions - Concepts, Principles, Skills - 2nd ed. (2017); Mergers & Acquisitions in China - Law and Practice, 5th ed. (2015); Flipped Classrooms for Legal Education (with Jenny Chan) (2016); From a 'Small Phrase with Big Ambitions' to a Powerful Driver of Contract Law Unification? – China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the CISG -, 34 (Part 1) Journal of Contract Law (2017), p. 50.

Course Outline:

In OBG Ltd. v. Allan the majority of the English Law Lords has rejected an extension of the tort of conversion to contractual rights on the basis that historically the tort of conversion is a tort against a person’s interest in a chattel.  The decision has been widely and controversially discussed.  This seminar explains the background, considers the judgment in a wider context and offers a new perspective by focusing on the property law features involved.

Key points covered:

  • Terminological and doctrinal basics of tort law, contract law and property law
  • The interaction between contract law, tort law and property law
  • The historical development of the tort of conversion
  • The scope of protection of the tort of conversion
  • Lumley v. Gye
  • OBG Ltd. v. Allan
  • Practical implications of the re-assessment of tort of conversion

This course is provided by:  Kornerstone Limited
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