Brussels Conference on Cross Border Class Actions

On Friday 27 April 2012, an international symposium will be held in Brussels on “Cross-Border Class Actions: The European Way”. The symposium is part of an inter-university research project on judicial cooperation in regulatory matters and consumer protection. The event will be held at the Stanhope hotel, within a walking distance from the European Commission headquarters. Full details and registration form can be found online.

The programme is as follows:

9:00- 9:15: Welcome Speech

Andrée Puttemans, Dean of the Law Faculty of Université Libre de Bruxelles

Introduction to the conference

Arnaud Nuyts, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Part I – Aggregate Litigation as a New Regulatory Technique

Chair: George Arestis, Judge, European Court of Justice

9:15- 9:40: A Model Typology of Class Actions

Michael Karayanni, Hebrew University 

9:40- 10:20: Introducing a EU Regime for Collective Redress Litigation – The State of Play

  • Maciej Szpunar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (PL), University of Silesia,
  • Lukasz Gorywoda, Université Libre de Bruxelles

 10:20-10:45: Collective Redress in the Post-Regulatory State

Horatia Muir Watt, Science-Po Paris


Part II – EU Cross-Border Collective Redress Litigation

Chair: Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street, London

11:25-11:50: Collective Redress and the Brussels I Jurisdictional Model

Burkhard Hess, University of Heidelberg

11:50-12:15: The Consolidation of Collective Claims under Brussels I

Arnaud Nuyts, Université Libre de Bruxelles

12:15-12:40: Recognition, Enforcement and Collective Judgments

Richard Fentiman, University of Cambridge


Luch time: Keynote Speech

Salla Saastamoinen, European Commission


14:10-14:50: The Worldwide Reach of US Class Actions

  • Ralf Michaels, Duke University
  • Louise Ellen Teitz, Roger Williams University, Hague Conference

14:50-15:10: Collective Redress and Arbitration

Luca Radicati di Brozolo, Catholic University of Milano


Part III – Cross-Border Collective Redress in Specific Fields

Chair: Hakim Boularbah, Université Libre de Bruxelles

15:30-16:10: Collective Redress and Competition Policy

  • Michael Hellner, University of Stockholm
  • Lia Athanassiou, University of Athens

16:10-16:50: Collective Redress and Consumer Protection

  • Cristina González Beilfuss, University of Barcelona
  • Malgorzata Posnow, Université Libre de Bruxelles

16:50-17:30: Collective Redress and Financial Markets

  • Anna Gardella, Catholic University of Milano
  • Charalambos Savvides, University of Cyprus

18:00: Conclusions – Collective Redress and Global Governance

Nikitas Hatzimihail, University of Cyprus,

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About Gilles Cuniberti

Gilles Cuniberti is a professor of law at the University of Luxembourg. Previously, he taught for 10 years at the Faculty of Law of Paris 12 University (Paris Val-de-Marne). His primary teaching and research interests are comparative law, conflict of laws, international arbitration and international litigation. He is a regular contributor to the Journal de Droit International (Clunet). He has been a visiting faculty at Duke Law School, Renmin University of China and Sheffield Hallam University. He holds a Doctorate in Law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School. He was also a Paris-Oxford Doctoral Program Scholar for a year at Trinity College, Oxford. He is admitted to the Paris Bar and practiced on a part-time basis in the Paris office of a leading English firm from 1999 to 2004. SELECTED ARTICLES: Beyond Contract - The Case for Default Arbitration in International commercial Disputes, 32 FORDHAM INT'L L.J. 417 (2009) Le principe de territorialité des voies d'exécution, JOURNAL DU DROIT INTERNATIONAL 2008.963 The Recognition of Judgments Lacking Reasons in Europe: Access to Justice, Foreign Court Avoidance and Efficiency, 57 INT’L & COMP. L. Q. 25 (2008) L’apprezzamento dell’efficacia della clausola arbitrale da parte del giudice statale : un conflitto tra Italia e Francia, 21 DIRITTO COMMERCIO INTERNAZIONALE 2007.789 (with M. Winkler) E-mail: