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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Professor Richard Goldberg

Professor in the Durham Law School
Chair of LLM Board of Examiners, Durham Law School

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Prior to taking up a Chair in Law at Durham in September 2012, Professor Goldberg previously taught at the London School of Economics, King's College London, Queen Mary and Westfield College, the University of Birmingham and, most recently, the University of Aberdeen

His main research interests are concerned with product liability, tort law, intellectual property, medical law and pharmaceutical law. He is the author of Medicinal Product Liability and Regulation (Hart Publishing 2013) (addressing major problems that typify claims for drug induced injury, as well as highlighting the complex interrelationship between liability exposure and drug regulation), and Causation and Risk in the Law of Torts: Scientific Evidence and Medicinal Product Liability (Hart Publishing, 1999), which was nominated for the SPTL Book Prize in 1999. He is co-editor (with Dr Julian Lombay) of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Biotechnology and European Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001). With Professor John Miller, he is the author of the second edition of Product Liability, (Oxford University Press, 2004). He is also the editor of Perspectives on Causation (Hart, 2011), a series of papers from a major international conference on the law of causation, which was held in the University of Aberdeen on 22-23 June 2009.

He has published a chapter on 'Breach of Confidence' in the Scottish Universities Law Institute (SULI) volume on Delict, and has contributed to The New Oxford Companion to Law (OUP, 2009) and Principles of Medical Law (OUP, 2010). He is Consultant Editor of the Medicinal Products and Drugs entries in Halsbury's Laws of England and is the Law Society of Scotland Examiner in Scots Private Law (from January 2009). Professor Goldberg serves on the editorial board of the Medical Law Review. His interest in the interrelationship with law, science and medicine is also illustrated by his research into the legal implications of the Peter Manuel and Burnett cases. In particular, he has reviewed Scots law’s approach in these cases in the 1950’s and 1960’s to psychopathic personality disorder.

In 2011, Professor Goldberg was a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal. With Dr Duncan Fairgrieve, Professor Goldberg is currently completing the third edition of Product Liability, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Publications in the RAE period 1996-2000:

  • (Goldberg R.), Causation, The Law of Product Liability, pp.285-319, Butterworths, 2000. G Howells ed.
  • (Goldberg R.), Causation and Risk in the Law of Torts: Scientific Evidence and Medicinal Product Liability, pp.260 + xix, Hart, 1999.
  • (Goldberg R.), The role of scientific evidence in the assessment of causation in medicinal product liability litigation: a probabilistic and economic analysis, Current Legal Issues, 1, pp.55-80, 1998.
  • (Goldberg R.), Causation and drugs: the legacy of diethylstilbestrol, Anglo-American Law Review, 25(3), pp.286-317, 1996.
  • (Goldberg R.), Causation and medicinal products - a legal and probability analysis, Consumer Law Journal, 4(4), pp.57-70, 1996.
  • (Goldberg R.), Vaccine damage and causation - social and legal implications, Journal of Social Security Law, 3(3), pp.100-120, 1996.
  • (Goldberg R.), Scientific evidence, causation and the law - lessons of Bendectin (Debendox) litigation, Medical Law Review, 4(1), pp.32-61, 1996.

Selected Grants

  • 2015: Incentivising Innovation and Higher Standards in Regulation and Liability Relating to Medicines (Society of Legal Scholars, £9,417) PI: Goldberg CI: Pattinson


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