The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg has been inaugurated

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law has been officially inaugurated. The Opening Ceremony took place on Wednesday in Luxembourg in the presence of the Grand Duke Henri, the Luxembourgian Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the Minister for Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, the German Ambassador, the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, and the President of the Max Planck Society. The event was attended by more than 150 prominent persons from the ECJ, the Luxembourgian University and the academia of different countries. The following authorities addressed their Opening Remarks :conflicts

  • Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society
  • Ms Martine Hansen, Minister for Higher Education and Research, Luxembourg
  • Ms Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
  • Professor Rolf Tarrach, President of the University of Luxembourg
  • Ms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (by means of a video message).

After these Welcome speeches, the Institute was presented by Professor Wolfgang Schön, Vice-President of the Max Planck Society, and by the Executive Director of the Institute, Professor Burkhard Hess.

The Opening Ceremony was preceded by an Opening Symposium on “Dispute Resolution and Law Enforcement in the Financial Crisis”, held on Tuesday with the participation of Professor Eddy Wymeersch (University of Ghent), Professor David Skeel (University of Pennsylvania), Professor Stefania Bariatti (University of Milan) and Professor Paolo Giudici (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), as well as Professor Burkhard Hess (Executive Director of the Institute) and Professors Verica Trstenjak and Marco Ventoruzzo (External Scientific Members of the Institute).

The MPI Luxembourg has the ambition to promote research at the highest international standard. Its activity in this regard has already commenced and will go on with a carefully designed programme of lectures and seminars announced at the website of the Institute ( The  Library, noyau dur of the Institute already established in the fall of 2012 is already open to researchers from other academic institutions.

All the best to the new Institute.


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About Marta Requejo

Marta Requejo is a senior researcher fellow of the Max Planck Institute Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. She obtained her law degree from the University of Santiago after spending a year at the University of Le Mans (France) as an Erasmus student; she holds a Doctorate (European Doctorate) from Santiago de Compostela University. Tenured lecturer since 2001, she qualified for access to senior professorship in September 2011. Her primary teaching and research interests are conflict of laws, international litigation, and international commercial law. She has been visitor for researching purposes at the Max Planck Institute on Foreign and Private International Law (Hamburg, Germany), the Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé (Lausanne, Switzerland), the Paris-Pantheon University and the BIICL; also visiting professor at the Paris-Panthéon University. So far she has published four monographs: "Ley local y forma de los actos en el Derecho internacional privado español", 418 pp; "Proceso en el extranjero y medidas antiproceso (antisuit injunctions)", 282 pp; "La cesión de créditos en el comercio internacional", 281 pp; "Violaciones graves de derechos humanos y responsabilidad civil", 369 pp. She is also author of several articles printed in collective works, and numerous papers in law journals, mainly Spanish ones, like the Revista Española de Derecho Internacional or Diario La Ley, but also in foreign magazins like The European Legal Forum or Era Forum. She belongs to the Group of research De Conflictu Legum.