‘Risk, Liability and Outdoor Adventure’ BMC Conference – notes and slideshow

“The pursuit of an unrestrained culture of blame and compensation has many evil consequences and one is certainly the interference with the liberty of the citizen. Of course there is some risk of accidents arising out of the joie de vivre of the young, but that is no reason for imposing a grey and dull safety regime on everyone”
Lord Hobhouse in Tomlinson -v- Congleton Borough Council [2003] UKHL 47, at 81

Here are the slides for my contribution to the British Mountaineering Council’s conference on ‘Risk, liability and outdoor adventure’. This event was targetted at landowners and managers and featured speakers from the BMC, RoSPA, the Country Land & Business Association, the National Trust, risk professionals and politicians. [ NB:  The BMC has now (9-11-2012) set up a webpage featuring summaries of all of the speakers’ presentations: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmcs-risk-liability–outdoor-adventure-conference-an-overview]

Everyone agreed that the risk of landowner liability for adults engaging in adventure sports like climbing, caving and wild swimming is low. The challenge though is how to spread that message to reluctant landowners…

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And here – following requests – are links for items mentioned in the slideshow:

  • Bennett, L. & Crowe, L. (2008), Landowners’ Liability? Is Perception of the Risk of Liability for Visitor Accidents a Barrier to Countryside Access?, Countryside Recreation Network,  Sheffield. Available at: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/678/.
  • Bennett, L. (2010), “Trees and public liability – who really decides what is reasonably safe?”, Arboricultural Journal, Vol. 33(3), pp. 141-164. Available at: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/2861/
  • Bennett, L. (2011a), “Judges, child trespassers and occupiers’ liability”, The International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, Vol. 3(2), pp. 126-145. Available at: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/2862/
  • Bennett, L. (2011b). “Bunkerology – a case study in the theory and practice of urban exploration” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29 (3), 421-434.
  • Bennett, L. & Gibbeson, C. (2010), “Perceptions of occupiers’ liability risk by estate managers: a case study of memorial safety in English cemeteries”, The International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, Vol. 2(1), pp. 77-93. Available at http://shura.shu.ac.uk/1737/
  • CLA (Country Land and Business Association) (2007), “Response to the DEFRA consultation on proposals to improve access to the English coast” submission dated 11 September 2007, CLA, London.
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About lukebennett13
Reader & Course Leader, BSc Hons Real Estate, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. I TEACH: built environment law to construction, surveying, real estate and environmental management students. I RESEARCH: metal theft; urban exploration & recreational trespass; occupiers' perceptions of liability for their premises. I THINK: about the links between ideas, materialities and practices in the built environment. I WAS: an environmental lawyer working in commercial practice for 17 years before I joined academia in 2007. I EXPLAIN: the aims of my blogsite site here: https://lukebennett13.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/prosaic/ LINKS: Twitter: @lukebennett13; Archive: http://shu.academia.edu/lukebennett. EPITAPH: “He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances.” James Joyce, Dubliners

One Response to ‘Risk, Liability and Outdoor Adventure’ BMC Conference – notes and slideshow

  1. Pingback: Back to the wall, back to the cave, back to the edge: three re-visits for 2016 | lukebennett13

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