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Professor Frank Vandall

Emory University School of Law, USA

Professor Frank J. Vandall is one of the most senior faculty members at Emory University School of Law, where he has taught for over 40 years.  He teaches Torts and Products Liability and has a casebook in each subject.  His areas of emphasis are public policy, tobacco and gun litigation.  He has written seven books dealing with diverse subjects, such as strict liability and police training, and he has authored over thirty-five civil litigation articles on topics such as the Ford Pinto, the social costs of tobacco, casino gambling, city suits against gun manufacturers and internet gambling.  His two recent articles consider the Cuban embargo.  He was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the Roger Traynor Research Scholar at Hastings College of the Law.  Professor Vandall recently testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the question of whether corporations should be criminally prosecuted for manufacturing a product that is knowingly defective and takes lives.  He taught in Ohio and Georgia and has presented papers in England, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.  His B.A. was earned at Washington and Jefferson College, his J.D. at Vanderbilt and his L.L.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Wisconsin.  His most recent book is “A History of Civil Litigation:  Political and Economic Perspectives” was published by Oxford University Press (2011).  Professor Vandall is the author of an interactive play, “AK 47 Chronicles,” that evaluates the costs of gun ownership.