23 and 24 October: Conference on the recast Brussels I Regulation in Graz

On 23 and 24 October 2014 Bettina Nunner-Krautgasser and Thomas Garber, both from the University of Graz, will host a conference on the recast Brussels I Regulation (“Die neue EuGVVO – Verbesserung des Rechtsschutzes im Europäischen Binnenmarkt?”). The conference will take place in Graz (Austria). The conference language will be German. More information is available on the conference website.

The programme reads as follows:

Thursday, 23 Oktober 2014

  • 14:00 Welcome notice
  • 14:30 Vom Heidelberger-Report zum Kommissionsvorschlag, Robert Fucik (Vienna)
  • 15:00 Der Anwendungsbereich der neuen EuGVVO, Bartosz Sujecki (Utrecht)
  • 15:30 Die neue EuGVVO und die Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Petra Hietanen-Kunwald, Riikka Koulu & Santtu Turunen (Helsinki)
  • 16:00 Discussion
  • 16:30 Break
  • 17:00 Änderungen im Bereich der internationalen Zuständigkeit, Jan von Hein (Freiburg im Breisgau)
  • 17:20 Änderungen in Versicherungs-, Verbraucher- und Arbeitssachen, Ale Gali (Ljubljana)
  • 17:40 Gerichtsstandsvereinbarungen, Bettina Nunner-Krautgasser (Graz)
  • 18:00 Discussion

Friday, 24 Oktober 2014

  • 10:00 Rechtshängigkeit, Alan Uzelac (Zagreb)
  • 10:30 Einstweiliger Rechtsschutz, Vesna Rijavec & Sascha Verovnik (Marburg/Graz)
  • 11:00 Discussion
  • 11:30 Anerkennung und Vollstreckung, Matthias Neumayr (Salzburg/Wien)
  • 12:15 Discussion
  • 12:45 Break
  • 13:45 Änderungen durch die Schaffung eines Einheitlichen Patentgerichts und des Benelux-Gerichtshofs, Bartosz Sujecki (Utrecht)
  • 14:15 Die neue EuGVVO und der Rest der Welt, Gottfried Musger (Wien)
  • 14:45 Discussion

Yearbook of Private International Law, 2013-2014

In line with its predecessors, Volume XV (2013/2014) of the Yearbook of Private International Law offers a comprehensive insight into the contemporary trends of private international law in terms of both theoretical thinking and practical achievements. The volume includes two contributions from prominent scholars on freedom of movement of public documents and records within the EU, a whole section on Brussels Ibis Regulation, a dozen national reports on recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments outside the EU from Turkey to Australia, from Russian Federation to Egypt, from South Korea to Commonwealth Africa as well as an overview of the new codification in Albania. Two essays on internal conflict of laws and on the challenges posed by cross-border coordination in insolvency matters complete this valuable collection.

To see the table of contents click here.

New Issue of Revue Hellénique de Droit International

The new issue of Revue Hellénique de Droit International 2/2013 [Vol. 66] was published earlier this month.

Table des matières

Première Partie - Articles

Dossier spécial

La Proposition de Règlement du Conseil du 16 mars 2011 relatif à la compétence, la loi applicable, la reconnaissance et l’exécution des décisions en matière de régimes matrimoniaux

Partie II

Chryssa Tsouca – Le droit applicable aux régimes matrimoniaux à défaut de choix des époux                         249

Nikolaos Davrados – Jurisdictional issues concerning matrimonial property regimes                        259

Deuxième Partie - Études

Evangelos Vassilakakis – International jurisdiction in insurance matters under Regulation Brussels I            …………………………………………………………………………. 273

Anthi Pelleni – Obligation to assess the creditworthiness of the consumer and the responsibility of banks       …………………………………………………………………………. 295

Nicholas M. Poulantzas – The European Union and the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mediterranean States: Does a duty to cooperate exist? ………………………………………………………   311


Troisième Partie - Jurisprudence

Georgios Panopoulos – La jurisprudence grecque de droit international privé en 2012                      319

Ioannis Prezas, Lisa Böhmer & Inès el Hayek – Centre International pour le Règlement des Différends relatifs aux investissements (CIRDI). Chronique du contentieux 2012 ………   335


Quatrième Partie - Législation et documents

International agreements ratified by the Hellenic Republic in 2012 …..   379


Cinquième Partie - Varia

Antoine Maniatis – Approche syncrétiste du droit para la sociologie du droit et l’anthropologie du droit        …………………………………………………………………………. 385

Fethullah Bayraktar – La question du drone en droit international ….   399

Jaques Bipele Kemfouedio – L’impact juridique du financement international des élections en Afrique : réflexions sur le cas de l’élection présidentielle ivoirienne de 2010 …………….   417

Pallavi Kishore – Le tribunal international de Tokyo pour les crimes de guerre commis sur des femmes : jugement de l’esclavage sexuel organisé par l’armée japonaise ………………..   447

Haroune Ould Ahmed – Les réserves à caractère religieux ……………..   461

Stefanos Vlachopoulos – The translation of legal texts: To what extent can functionality be creative?            …………………………………………………………………………. 471


Sixième Partie - Notes bibliographiques

Kalliopi Makridou & Georgios Diamantopoulos (eds), Issues of Estoppel and Res Judicata in Anglo-American and Greek Law (Tonia Korka) ……………………………………………..   487

Ingrid Rossi, Legal Status of Non-governmental Organizations in International Law (Tonia Korka)                489

Ouvrages reçus ……………………………………………………………………   493

RHDI 66 (2013)

Spanish Yearbook of International Law: Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for Vol. 18 (2013-2014) of the Spanish Yearbook of International Law (SYbIL), in now open. Manuscripts dealing with any topic of interest in the field of Public and Private International Law and International Relations should be submitted to the editors by 31 October 2014. The manuscripts shall conform to the Style Guide of the SYbIL (available here) and must be submitted to the Editor’s address at editor@sybil.es.

A few words on the journal

The Spanish Yearbook of International Law (SYbIL) was founded in 1991, and is edited by the Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho Internacional y relaciones Internacionales (AEPDIRI). It provides an annual report on new developments in international law . From 1991 to 2012 (vols. 1-17), the Yearbook was published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill. From vol. 18 onwards, the Editor decided to go entirely on-line under a complete open-access philosophy.

Since its first volume, the Yearbook has endeavored to make a significant academic contribution to the on-going development of international law, with a particular focus on Spanish doctrine and practice. In 2013, with the election of a new Editorial Board, a new editorial plan was adopted and the SYbIL changed its purpose, structure and editorial model. This new website (www.sybil.es) tries to offer the contents of this new epoch of the Yearbook as well as all the old printed volumes of the SYbIL (except last volume, by the moment). This editorial decision will enable the Yearbook to be accessible to the entire international readership, offering current research in Spanish academic institutions but other research of what Oscar Schachter labelled as the “invisible college of international law” as well.

Fully aware of the paramount importance of international practice, the Yearbook publishes contributions in English from active practitioners of international law on a regular basis. The Yearbook also includes critical comments on Spanish State practice relating to international and EU law, as well as international reactions to that practice. The General Articles section gives authors an opportunity to submit original manuscripts (15,000-18,000 words) on a broad range of topics in international law and international relations.

Note: The SYbIL is a double blind peer-review publication

Forthcoming Title: Private International Law in the English Courts

Prof. Adrian Brigg’s new ouvrage on PIL, of more than 1.000 pages and which has been described as “a major restatement of the rules of Private International Law in the English Courts”, is about to appear at OUP.

The book offers a restatement of European and English Private International Law as it applies in the English courts. The author has set out to create a contemporary approach to private international law which is distinguished from the traditional approach of describing private international law through its common law foundations. The author places European Regulations, and related statutory material, at the front and centre of the book, reorganising private international law according to the principles that the law is increasingly European and decreasingly insular. As such the work constitutes an approach to the area which is essential for litigators dealing with questions of private international law influenced by forty years of European legislation. The in-depth discussion will also be valuable to academics specialising in private international law. Written by an academic who is also a practising barrister, this book seeks to highlight the techniques and principles which provide the hidden infrastructure and support mechanisms for the private international law rules of European law, as well as the remaining standing of the common law rules of private international law.

The book will be useful to practising lawyers tackling issues of private international law as it now is, after forty years of European legislation, but the in-depth discussion will also be valuable to academic lawyers specialising in private international law. Written by an academic who is also a practising barrister, this book seeks to highlight the techniques and principles which provide the hidden infrastructure and support mechanism for the private international law rules of European law, as well as (albeit second) for the common law rules of private international law.

The release of the book is expected next month; the table of contents is already available here.

Latest Issue of “Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts” (5/2014)

The latest issue (September/October) of the German law journal “Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts” (IPRax) contains the following articles:

  • Christian Schall/Johannes Weber: “The precautionary choice of the law applicable to divorce according to Rome III”

The Regulation (EU) No. 1259/2010 (Rome III) has put conflict of law rules in cross-border divorce cases on a new footing. By implementing a wide range of possibilities to designate the applicable law, Rome III establishes party autonomy as a key principle in international divorce law. This article focuses on contractual choices of law prior to divorce proceedings and analyses substantial and formal provisions of choice of law clauses in marriage contracts.

  • Deniz Halil Deren: “The effect of a Swiss insolvency on domestic proceedings”

Foreign insolvency proceedings can force a temporary stay of domestic court proceedings. In respect of insolvency proceedings in Member States of the EU, Article 15 EIR (Insolvency Regulation (EC) 1346/2000) provides for a temporary stay of domestic court proceedings; for insolvency proceedings in non-Member States, the governing provision is § 352 InsO (German Insolvency Act). This article discusses whether the requirements of § 352 InsO are met in the event of a Swiss insolvency (Konkurs) as per Article 197 et seq SchKG (Swiss Insolvency Act). This question is of current importance in light of the recent judgment by the Bundesgerichtshof (German Supreme Court) of December 2011 which rejects the view that domestic court proceedings should be stayed following a Swiss moratorium (Nachlassstundung) under Article 293 et seq SchKG (old version). The article takes into account the new Swiss provisions on moratoria, Article 293 et seq SchKG (new version, in force since 1 January 2014).

  • Robert Arts: “On the applicability of Regulation (EC) No. 1346/2000 – No unwritten requirement for a connection to more than one Member State to constitute international jurisdiction pursuant to Art. 3 (1) InsReg”

After confirming the applicability of the Insolvency Regulation on actions to set transactions aside in its landmark Seagon-decision, the ECJ now answers the remaining question of whether this applicability requires the defendant to be the resident of a Member State. After examining its wording and purpose as well as considering the practical implications, the Court concludes that the application of the Regulation does not necessitate such an unwritten connection to a second Member State.

Beyond the scope of application of Regulation (EC) No. 1346/2000 itself, the decision has bearing on the underlying issue of whether or not the EU law-maker does have the competence to regulate relationships between individual Member States and third states. The Court’s interpretation of Art. 85 TFEU does assume the possibility of such a competence in principle.

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Towards a New Model of Judicial Cooperation in the European Union

The inaugural lecture of the first IAPL-MPI Summer School, which took place in Luxembourg last July, was delivered by the President of the  International Association of Procedural Law, Prof. Loïc Cadiet of the University Paris I-Sorbonne. He has kindly provided  me with the text: a recommended reading that can be downloaded  here, or at the website of the MPI.

Enjoy it.

Recent Developments in European Private and Business Law

Under the general heading of “Recent developments in European Private & Business Law”, an upcoming conference of the Academy of European Law (ERA) will take place in Trier next November, 20-21,  with the following key topics:

  • Recast of Brussels I, to be applied from 10 January 2015 – including its interaction with the new Choice of Court Convention which will enter into force in the first half of 2015
  • Freezing of bank accounts and the forthcoming changes after the entry into force of Regulation (EU) No 655/2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure
  • Free movement of companies and the law applicable to companies
  • Scheme of arrangements, restructuring and insolvency in the EU

The presentations will be in English or German with simultaneous interpretation. They are addressed, in particular, to lawyers in private practice dealing with civil litigation and dispute resolution; in-house counsel; business, companies and banking lawyers; representatives of business organizations; notaries; and academics.

For the program detailing contents, speakers, as well as practical infos click here (German version here)