The team has studied class actions and collective redress across the world since 2004. There is particularly detailed knowledge of UK and European mechanisms, and a sequence of publications.
Continuous monitoring and analysis is maintained of the development of class and collective actions throughout the world. Work at the Centre particularly focuses on the European Union – at both the national level of the Member States and the EU level. Recent publications are:
C Hodges and N Creutzfeldt, ‘Transformations in Public and Private Enforcement’ in H-W Micklitz and A Wechsler (eds), The Transformation of Enforcement (Hart, 2016).
C Hodges, ‘Collective Redress: A Breakthrough or a Damp Sqibb?’ (2014) 34 Journal of Consumer Policy 67–89; DOI 10.1007/s10603-013-9242-0
C Hodges and A Stadler (eds), Resolving Mass Disputes: ADR and Settlement of Mass Claims (Edward Elgar, 2013).
R Money-Kyrle and C Hodges, ‘European Collective Action: Towards Coherence?’ (2012) 19.4 Maastricht Journal of International and Comparative Law 477-504
C Hodges and R Money-Kyrle, ‘Safeguards in Collective Actions’, FLJS Policy Brief
C Hodges, ‘From Class Actions to Collective Redress’ (2009) Civil Justice Quarterly 28: 1, 41-66.
A 2016 chapter on the empirical evidence on class actions in USA is: C Hodges, ‘US Class Actions: Promise and Reality’ in H-W Micklitz and A Wechsler (eds), The Transformation of Enforcement (Hart, 2016)
National reports from scholars worldwide on class action laws and national developments are available on the website of Stanford Law School as part of the Global Class Actions Exchange. National reports were also published in "Globalization of Class Actions" (edited by Professor Hensler, Professor Hodges and Dr. Tulibacka) (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 622, March 2009). Annual meetings have been held since 2007: planned meetings include Miami (2010), the Netherlands (2011) and North America (2012). A collection of case studies of class action cases from across the world compiled by the members of the Global Class Actions Network is
DR Hensler, C Hodges and I Tzankova (eds), Class Actions in Context: How Culture, Economics and Politics Shape Collective Litigation (Edward Elgar, 2016).
Professor Hodges has advised the European Commission Directorate-General on Consumer Affairs (2009), the Irish Law Reform Commission (2005), the Polish Codification Commission (2007), and Hong Kong government (2007) and a number of other governments on the introduction of class or collective mechanisms. Several articles and book chapters have been written on developments across EU Member States and in Brussels, such as the Commission’s Green and White Papers on Damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules, and the Consumer Strategy 2007-13. A recent paper is C Hodges' 'Collective Redress in Europe: The New Model' (2010) Civil Justice Quarterly 370. He was invited to contribute the chapter on collective actions to 'The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research', published by Oxford University Press in 2010 (order form can be found here [linkme]).
Members of the Global Project are currently researching a series of major closed collective action cases in different jurisdictions. As part of this, the Centre staff are researching cases in the UK, notably the Buncefield fire, MMR vaccine litigation and other medicine cases, and various financial services cases, such as bank charges, PPI, swaps, and Equitable Life. The objective is to examine the techniques used to resolve these cases, their efficiency and costs, and the outcomes they delivered.
A major issue in redress is the choice that a legal system makes between emphasising public and/or private enforcement. We are researching this in depth in a series of studies. One study is investigating the product liability claims brought against drug companies in the EU, and the extent to which they influenced (or not) decisions made on safety issues by companies and regulators in the light of the regulatory system.
Dr Rebecca Mooney has undertaken extensive research on class action laws across the EU, including their methodologies and safeguards. Her book on these issues will be published by Hart Publishing shortly.
A presentation by Professor Christopher Hodges on a summary of developments on collective redress and consumer ADR at EU level, at the European Law Academy (ERA), Trier, Annual Conference on European Consumer Law- Trier, 13-14 October 2011.
An analysis of how a competition damages claim would be handled if the Government's proposals on public/regulatory oversight of compensation, private class actions and ADR were to be implemented.