Swedish Conference on Civil Justice in the EU

On 17-18 October 2013, the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies, the Faculty of Law of Uppsala University and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg will organize a conference in Uppsala: Civil Justice in the EU – Growing and Teething? Questions regarding implementation, practice and the outlook for future policy.

Conference Day 1: October 17th

9.00 Opening of the Conference
Prof. Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Stockholm University, Chairman of the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies

9.15 Keynote Address – The State of the Civil Justice Union
Prof. Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg

9.45 Avoiding “Torpedoes” and Forum Shopping
Does the jurisdiction framework work in practice?
What about third country litigants and the EU legal order?
Has the ECJ:s case law added predictability?
Chair Docent Marie Linton, Uppsala University
Prof. Gilles Cuniberti, University of Luxembourg
Prof. Trevor Hartley, London School of Economics
Prof. Michael Hellner, Stockholm University
Deputy director Erik Tiberg, The Government Offices of Sweden

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Alternative Dispute Resolution
Are the new rules for consumer ADR and ODR the right approach?
Can mandatory mediation ensure access to justice?
Is further and deeper regulation the way forward?
Chair Prof. Bengt Lindell, Uppsala University
Prof. Antonina Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, Stockholm University
Dr. Jim Davies, University of Northampton
Dr. Cristina Mariottini, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg

12.45 Lunch

14.15 Simplified Procedures and Debt Collection – Much Ado About Nothing?
Has an additional small claims mechanism added anything in practice?
Enforcement and payment orders – Has the removal of exequatur been successful?
Attachment of bank accounts – First step to harmonization of execution measures?
Chair Prof. Torbjörn Andersson, Uppsala University
Dr. Mikael Berglund, The Swedish Enforcement Authority
Dr. Carla Crifò, University of Leicester
Prof. Xandra Kramer, Erasmus University
Dr. Cristian Oro, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg

15.30 Coffee

16.00 Track 1 – Family Law
Choice of law in divorce matters not for all Member States –First step in civil justice fragmentation?
How will the new Regulation on Succession change the landscape of civil justice?
Chair Prof. Maarit Jänterä-Jaareborg, Uppsala University
Dr. Björn Laukemann, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Other speakers pending confirmation

Track 2 – Collective Redress
Can it provide additional guarantees for European consumers?
Is it a necessary step in private enforcement of competition law?
Observations on the Commission Recommendation
Chair Dr. Eva Storskrubb, Roschier
Prof. Laura Ervo, Örebro University
Prof. Michele Carpagnano, University of Trento
Dr. Rebecca Money-Kyrle, University of Oxford
Dr. Stefaan Voet, Ghent University

Conference Day 2: Friday, October 18th

9.00 The Quest for Mutual Recognition
Are the current network initiatives and e-justice measures enough?
Balancing efficiency in civil justice against procedural human rights
How are the national courts coping with mutual recognition?
Is complete abolition of exequatur possible?
Chair Prof. Antonina Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, Stockholm University
Prof. Torbjörn Andersson, Uppsala University
Docent Marie Linton, Uppsala University
Prof. Marta Requejo-Isidro, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Dr. Eva Storskrubb, Roschier

10.15 Future Measures and Challenges
EU Commission (Representative to be confirmed)
Legal Counsellor Signe Öhman, The Permanent Representation of Sweden

11.30 End of Day 2

The conference is free of charge. For registration, see here.

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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: gilles.cuniberti@conflictoflaws.net