Professor Thomas Gallanis recently delivered a paper at a conference at Oxford University. The conference theme was “Will Substitutes in Comparative Perspective.” Professor Gallanis was the one participant from the United States, speaking on “Will Substitutes: A U.S. Perspective.” The conference brought together experts on the law of succession in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to examine the growth of mechanisms other than wills that transmit property at death. Examples of these will substitutes include pension plans, life insurance policies, joint bank accounts, and trusts. The conference papers will appear in a book edited by Professor Alexandra Braun of Oxford University and Professor Anne Röthel of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg.
Professor Gallanis is the Associate Dean for Research, the N. William Hines Chair in Law, and a Professor of History. He is a prize-winning legal historian and comparative lawyer and an expert on the law of property, trusts, and succession. He teaches and writes in the fields of trusts, succession, property, and English and European legal history. He is a member of the American Law Institute, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and an Academician of the International Academy of Trust and Estate Law.
Left to right: Dominique Jakob (University of Zürich), George Gretton (University of Edinburgh), Lionel Smith (McGill University and King’s College London), Reinhard Zimmerman (Max Planck Institute, Hamburg), Alexandra Braun (University of Oxford), Reinhard Bork (University of Hamburg), Anne Röthel (Bucerius Law School), Anatol Dutta (University of Regensburg), Gregor Christandl (University of Innsbruck), Nicola Peart (University of Otago), Thomas Gallanis (University of Iowa), Paul Matthews (King’s College London), Martin Schauer (University of Vienna), Susanne Kalss (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Photo credit: Johanna Croon-Gestefeld (Bucerius Law School)