Jura Falconis Conference 23 March 2018 - Save the date

European Private Law at 50 - Celebrating and Contemplating EEX and its Successors

In 2018 we celebrate the 50th year since the adoption of the 1968 Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The 1968 attempt to facilitate the free movement of judgments in the EU, helped lay the foundations for the exciting developments in European private international law which have occurred since. Many of the outstanding issues in what is now the Brussels I Recast (also known as EEX-bis; or Brussels Ibis) continue to have an impact on other parts of European civil procedure.

Co-organised by Leuven Law’s Institute of Private International Law and Jura Falconis, KU Leuven’s student law review, this event will consider, capita selecta wise, the application and implications of the Convention and its successors. It will also discuss the future direction of EU private international law both for civil and commercial matters, and for issues outside of commercial litigation. At a time when in most Member States the majority of commercial transactions have some kind of international element, this is a timely refresher for practitioners, judges, students and scholars alike.

23 March 2018, 10 AM – 5:30 PM  - Auditorium Zeger Van Hee  - College De Valk Tiensestraat 41, Leuven

Morning program. Chaired by professor Jinske Verhellen (U Gent)

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and welcome 10:30 – 10:35 Opening by Jura Falconis

10:35 – 11:00

Les grands courants of 50 years of European private international law

Professor Geert Van Calster (KU Leuven)

11:00 – 11:30

Regulatory competition in civil procedure between the Member States

Professor Stéphanie Francq (UC Louvain)

11:30 – 12:00

The application of Brussels I (Recast) in the Member States

Professor Burkhard Hess (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg) 12:00 – 12:15 Discussion
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch

Afternoon program. Chaired by professor Karen Vandekerckhove (European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice and Consumers, UC Louvain)

13:00 – 13:30

Brussels calling. The extra-EU application of European private international law

Professor Thalia Kruger (U Antwerpen)

13:30 – 14:00

The (not so symbiotic?) relation between the Insolvency and the Brussels I regimes

Arie Van Hoe (NautaDutilh, U Antwerpen)

14:00 – 14:30

Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Brussels Regime

Professor Stefaan Voet (KU Leuven)

14:30 – 15:00

Brussels I Recast and the Hague Judgments Project

Professor Marta Pertegas (U Antwerpen) 15:00 – 15:15 Discussion
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:10

Provisional measures under the Brussels regime

Professor Arnaud Nuyts (ULB)

16:10 – 16:30

Brussels falling. The relationship between the UK and the EU post Brexit

Dr Helena Raulus (UK Law Societies’ Brussels office)

16:30 – 16:50

The current European Commission agenda for the development of European private international law
Dr Andreas Stein (European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice and Consumers)

16:50 – 17:15

The CJEU and European Private International Law

Ilse Couwenberg (Judge in the Belgian Supreme Court/Hof van Cassatie)

17:15 – 17:30

Close of conference

Professor Geert Van Calster (KU Leuven) 17:30 – 18:30 Drinks


Participation fee: €200 (Conference handbook included)*

The conference has been awarded 6 points by the OVB and 5 points by the OBFG. An application for contribution by IGO has been filed.

Registration and current information: www.jurafalconis.be

*Published by Intersentia. Jura Falconis alumni can participate at a reduced fee (€170). Students and staff of KU Leuven can participate at no cost (lunch and conference handbook excluded). Participants registering at no charge shall not receive a certificate of attendance for the OVB or OBFG.


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