Kenneth Feinberg to speak on “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges,” October 3, 2011

On Monday, October 3, 2011, Kenneth R. Feinberg will discuss his work in a presentation entitled, “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges.” The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center Auditorium (TCC 1.110) at 6:00 p.m.


Kenneth R. Feinberg


Feinberg will discuss his career experience, how he approaches his work, and the ethics of putting a “price tag” on a human life.

Feinberg was selected by the Obama Administration as Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the $20 billion fund established in the wake of the 2010 British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2009, he was appointed Special Master for Troubled Asset Relief Program Executive Compensation, where he determined reasonable compensations for senior corporate officials receiving government bailouts. Feinberg served as Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 and managed claims for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the 2007 shooting.

Feinberg also orchestrated the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, which resolved insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes in the Gulf region for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Zurich Insurance Company. He is the author of What is Life Worth? The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law and by the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.

Directions and parking information for the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center Auditorium can be found on the Thompson Center parking map page [pdf] .

For further information, please contact Gena Dawson.

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