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Ivana Kunda

On 12 and 13 December 2019, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) is the destination of many experts and academics of different national and professional backgrounds who will join in the discussion about various legal aspects of the family property in cross-border situations in EU. The event titled “Best Practices in European Family and Succession Law” is the second public event within the Justice co-funded project PSEFS which stands for “Personalised Solution in Family and Succession Law”. Here is the programme of the event.

The news from the project and more are available at the PSEFS web page.

International and public law, ethics and economics for sustainable development – LEES is the name of the doctoral study programme jointly offered by the University of Milan, the University of Maastricht and the University of Rijeka. There are 6 scholarships available to excellent candidates who wish to conduct interdisciplinary research relevant to sustainability, including that related to private international law.

The call closes on 14 October 2019, and the studies commence as of the beginning of November 2019 in Milan. Further information and instruction is available here.

EU Family Property in the PSEFS Project Initial Results

Within the ongoing EU Justice Project “Personalized Solution in European Family and Succession Law”, shortly known by the acronym PSEFS, the first stage of research has resulted in several publications. One of the most important is the e-book consisting of 28 reports by for the EU Member States concerning the forms of couples relations and patrimonial consequences thereof and succession regimes, which is accessible here. It also includes several questions regarding the private international law.

This massive publication has been summarised into the PSEFS Atlas provided for each EU Member State, containing information about the property regimes of married couples and registered partners and rules of succession. Designed as an informative tool for legal professionals and an effective support for citizens, it is accessible by clicking to the territory of the selected EU Member State on the map.

The book titled I Regolamenti europei sui regimi patrimoniali dei coniugi e delle unioni registrate: commento ai Regolamenti (UE) 24 giugno 2016, n.1103 e 1104 applicabili dal 29 gennaio 2019, authored by Paolo Bruno, was recently released by the Italian publisher Giuffrè.

The official description (translated from the Italian original) states:

CJEU provides guidance as to how to identify an OMP

In Agostinho da Silva Martins v Dekra Claims Services Portugal SA (C-149/18), between Mr Agostinho da Silva Martins, who suffered damages in a car accident, and the insurance company Dekra Claims Services Portugal SA, the CJEU was called to rule on two different issues of qualification: one related to the interpretation of Article 16 of the Rome II Regulation on overriding mandatory provisions and the other related to interpretation of Article 28 of Directive 2009/103 on protection of victim in case of a motor vehicle accident.

Call for Papers: ILA Regional Conference Slovenia 2019

The Slovenian Branch of the International Law Association invites abstract submissions for consideration for the ILA Regional Conference Slovenia 2019. The conference will be held in Portorož (Slovenia) on 27-30 June 2019.

The the conference is themed “Migration/international legal regulation” and abstracts from both public and private international law perspectives are welcome. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 11 January 2019 and completed papers are due by 30 August 2019. Contact is available at

More details is available here.

RiDoc 2018: Call for Abstracts

Following the successful international doctoral conference two years ago, the Faculty of Law in Rijeka is organising RiDoc 2018: Rijeka Doctoral Conference, to be held on 7 December 2018. The call for abstracts is available here and contains all the necessary details. It is important to note that the applications are welcome by 25 July 2018 and the results of the review will be known by 15 September 2018. Applications and any questions should be addressed to

The conference titled Pride and Prejudice in Cross-Border Cases will take place at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law on Tuesday 22 May 2018. It is intended to serve as an open forum for scholars and practitioners to address current issues pertaining to private international law. The programme offers selection of topics by speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. Conference fee is not charged, but prior registration is required at

5th Petar Sarcevic Conference on Information and Data

The good tradition of the biannual Petar Sarcevic conferences is being continued this year with the 5th conference titled Information and Data: The Road Ahead. It will take place in a beautiful Croatian coastal tourist and conference resort Opatija, on 6 and 7 October.

This two-day event will provide ample oportunities for the professionals and scholars to discuss current issues of protection of confidential information, business secrets and personal data in the context of technological advancement and resulting economic and social developments. The conference is divided into three sessions:
– Protection of confidential information v access/disclosure
– Managing data protection: A tall order for controllers and subjects
– Litigation in the midst of economic and technological changes.
The wast range of speakers includes members of the judiciary (EU and national), representatives of the executive branch, leading lawyers and prominent academics.

On 8 June 2017 the CJEU has rendered another opinion regarding the interpretation of the concept of ‘habitual residence’ of the child under the Brussels II bis Regulation.

The facts of the case, C-111/17 PPU, indicate that OL, an Italian national, and PQ, a Greek national, married in Italy in 2013 and that they resided together in Italy. When PQ was eight months pregnant, the couple travelled together to Greece so that PQ could give birth there. On 3 February 2016 PQ gave birth, in Greece, to a daughter, who has remained since her birth in that Member State with her mother. After the birth of the child, OL returned to Italy. According to OL, he had agreed that PQ should stay in Greece with their child until May 2016, when he expected his wife and child to return to Italy. However, in June 2016 PQ decided to remain in Greece, with the child. OL brought an application before the Monomeles Protodikeio Athinon (Court of First Instance of Athens, Greece), for the return of that child to Italy, the Member State where the child’s parents resided together before the birth of the child.