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Convention on Taking Evidence in the EU

The Institute for Civil, Comparative and International Private Law of the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana is organising an international conference titled “European Dimension of Taking Evidence in Civil Procedure”. This conference is focused on one of the important topics in the EU law on civil procedure and its various aspects, including the principle of audiatur et altera pars, role of the judge in taking evidence, administration and integrity of evidence as well as function of the information technology in the process. This conference is one of the activities within the EU funded project Dimensions of Evidence in European Civil Procedure. More details are available in the program.

The conference will be held 15 and 16 January 2015 at the premises of the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

22nd Croatian Arbitration Days

CCCAn annual international arbitration conference with long tradition will gather for the 22nd time some of the leading arbitration experts from Croatia and abroad. This year’s topics deal with damages and expert vitnesses in arbitration, in addition to the overview of the recent arbitration developments in the South East Europe. Among presenations which are mostly arbitration-orented, there are some which also have private International law character. The program of the conference is available here: 22nd CAD – Conference Program.

The conference is scheduled for 4-5 December 2014 and will take place in Zagreb at the Croatian Chamber of Economy. Further details may be found on the Chamber’s webpage.

Essays in Honour of Professor Emeritus Spyridon Vrellis

VrellisEssays in Honour of Professor Emeritus Spyridon Vrellis, a long-term affiliate of the University of Athens, are issued under the title In Search for Justice. The volume contains an extensive curriculum vitae and bibliography of Professor Vrellis. It also includes 71 paper in four languages (Greek, French, English and German). According to the official information from the publisher, the contributors are:

Adamopoúlou P., Basedow J., Bogdan M., Borrás A., Voúlgaris I., Burian L., Yeoryiádis Ap., Gkórtsos Khr., Cordero J. Sanchez, Davrádos N., Deliyiánni-Dimitrákou Khr., Delikostópoulos I., Doúnga Al., Koumplí V., Drillerákis I., Dintjer Tebbens H., Dorís Ph., Frank R., Gaudemet-Tallon H., Grammaticaki-Alexiou A., Hartley T., Jessurun D?Olivira H. U., Kaïsis A., Karayiannis S., Karampatzós A., Katiphóris N., Kiraly M., Klamarís N., Kondíli I., Kotsíris L., Kourákis N., Kríspis I., Lagarde P., Lando O., Lipp V., Mantákou Á., Meeusen J., Meïdánis Kh., Moura Ramos R. M., Moustaïra E., Nafziger, J., Özsunay E., Pampoúkis Kh., Panópoulos G., Papadélli A., Papadopoúlou-Klamarí D., Papanikoláou P., Papasiópi-Pasiá Z., Pataut E., Pauknerová M., Pvifver M., Pelleni A., Pintens W., Poúlou E., Rethimiotáki E., Siehr K., Stathópoulos M., Stamatiádis D., Stribis I., Sturm F., Sturm G., Symeonides S., Sotiropoúlou M., Tagarás Kh., Tadaki M., Tarman Zeynep D., Tzákas D. -P., Tsavdarídis A., Tsevás A., Tsikrikás D., Tsoúka Khr., Vassilakakis E., Khristodoúlou K. and Zervoyiánni E.

Many contemporary topics on private international law are examined in the published papers. These are the contents (for which I thank Professor Vassilakakis) and other information about the Essays are available here.

Article on special jurisdiction in IP matters, including a comment on Coty

DavidoffThe previously reported CJEU decision in Coty Germany GmbH v. First Note Perfumes NV, concerning the infringement of the rights in the 3D Community trade mark, unlawful comparative advertising and unfair imitation, is the subject of a comment by Prof. Annette Kur, in her article Durchsetzung gemeinschaftsweiter Schutz-rechte: Internationale Zuständigkeit und an-wendbares Recht, fortcomming in GRUR Int., Issue 7/8, 2014.

Her criticism is primarily addressing the answer to the first question in which the CJEU reiterated that jurisdiction under Article 93(5) of CTM Regulation may be established solely in favour of CTM courts in the MS in which the defendant committed the alleged unlawful act. This is because she finds an interpretation of the provision contrary to the principle of territoriality of intellectual property rights, both national and unitary. She explains that the effect of this principle is absence of any possibility that there might be a single infringement of an intellectual property right with the event causing damage in one country, and the damage occurring in another. In such a situation there would be two distinct acts of infringement, one in each of the countries. Kur qualifies the CJEU reasoning as a fundamental misunderstanding of the structural features of the intellectual property law that distinguish it from other areas of tort law.

Slovenia: Conference on Evidence in European Civil Law

International scientific conference “Dimensions of evidence in European civil procedure law” is scheduled for 20-22 March 2014 in Maribor, Slovenia. The conference will provide an opportunity to review 28 national reports on the issue, and to share and discusse new unifying tendencies in EU law on civil procedure. It is aimed at approving and extending the Report on application of the Council Regulation (EC) 1206/2001, providing additional guidelines for better and swifter implementation of the Regulation, along with conclusions on its possible modernisation.

The conference program and other details, including the EU project within which the conference is taking place, are available at the conference official website.

Book on Rome Regulations and Maritime Law

For all interested in the maritime conflict of laws there is a book titled Regulations Rome I and Rome II and Maritime Law available here. This book is published by Giappichelli Editore and comes as a result of an EU funded project. Editors are Evangelos Vassilakakis, Nikolay Natov and Reuben Balzan and the contents include:

I. Regulations (EC) n. 593/2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (“Rome I”) and (EC) n. 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations (“Rome II”) (C. Esplugues Mota, G. Palao Moreno, C. Azcárraga Monzonís – Spain).
II. Marine insurance contracts under the Rome I and Brussels I Regulations: c?nflict of laws and jurisdiction issues (E. Vassilakakis, V. Kourtis – Greece).
III. The discipline of maritime transport contracts under the Rome I and Brussels I Regulations: conflict of laws and jurisdictional issues (I. Queirolo, C. Cellerino – Italy).
IV. Collisions and maritime salvage (Reuben Balzan, Keith A. Borg, Carlos Bugeja – Malta).
V. Maritime environmental delict/tort (N. Natov, B.a Musseva, V. Pandov, D. Sarbinova, Z.i Ianakiev, I. Kirchev, M. Stankov – Bulgaria).

The 3rd Petar Sarcevic conference on family law

The Third International Scientific Conference Petar Sarcevic: Family and Children – European Expectations and National Reality will take place in Opatija, Croatia, on 20-21 September 2013. The programme of this conference includes the following speakers and topics:

Friday, 20 September

Utrecht University
Family Law in Europe: Past, Present, Future – Keynote Address

J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek
European Principles on Parental Responsibility in the 2013 Draft Family Act

University of Rijeka
Misuse of the Right to Family Reunification

University of Amsterdam
Mediation in Family Matters with a Cross-Border Element – The Dutch Experience

Saturday, 21 September

Aberdeen University
A Possible Framework for a Hague Convention on International Surrogacy

University of Milano-Bicocca
The New Italian Provisions on Unicity of Status Filiationis and their PIL Implications

University of Split
Cross-Border Placement of a Child under the 1996 Hague Convention and the Brussels II Regulation

J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek
Key Issues in the Application of the Maintenance Regulation

Compultense University of Madrid
Matrimonial Crisis under the Brussels II Regulation

University of Antwerp
Partners Limping Accross Borders?

EU General Court, University of Rijeka
Rome III: Is it Right for Croatia?

The conference is scheduled to commence at 4 pm on Friday 20 September and continue the next morning at the hotel 4 opatijska cvijeta, with privileged prices for the conference attendees sending this accommodation form. The registration form for the conference should be sent to just as any questions regarding the conference. Here are also the details regarding the payment of the conference fee.

This conference follows the two Petar Sarcevic conferences reported previously, the first on the Brussels I Regulation and the second on maritime law. There seems to be no better topic for the third conference devoted to Petar Sarcevic than family law. His academic interests focused not only on private international law but extensively also on family law. In 1998 he became an associate member and in 2001 full member of the prestigious Institut de droit international and was appointed as Rapporteur of the Fourth Commission on the topic “Registered Partnership in Private International Law”. He was a member of numerous other international associations, including the International Society of Family Law, where he served as its president from 1997 to 2000 and member of the Executive Council for almost 15 years. Unfortunately, he was unable to lecture at The Hague Academy of International Law on the topic “Private International Law Aspects of Cohabitation Without Formal Marriage” in July 2005.

10th Jubilee PIL Conference in the Southeast Europe

The series of regional Southeast European private international law conferences is celebrating its 10th jubilee this year. There are four topics under the general conference title “A Decade in the Development of Private International Law: 2003-2012“:

1. Private International Law of the European Union (rapporteur: Prof. Dr. Michael Bogdan, Faculty of Law Lund, Sweden);

2. National Systems of Private International Law and Regional Cooperation (rapporteur: Prof. Dr. Christa Jessel-Holst, Max-Planck Institute of Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany);

3. The Hague Conventions on Private International Law (rapporteur: Mr. Hans van Loon, Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Netherlands);

4. Comparative Private International Law (rapporteur: Prof. Dr. Kurt Siehr, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Law, Zürich, Switzerland, Free Research Associate at the Max-Planck Institute of Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany).

The conference will take place on 4th and 5th October 2012. Appropriately so, the hosting institution is the same one which hosted the first conference in the series, the Faculty of Law of the University of Nis in Serbia. Further details concerning the conference are accessible at the official conference website.

The conference preceding this one was announced here.

Liber Amicorum for the Croatian Professor Emeritus Krešimir Sajko

Liber Amicorum for Professor Emeritus Krešimir Sajko was published within the Collected Papers of the Zagreb Law Faculty, volume 62, numbers 1-2. The papers in Croatian, German and English language published in the Liber Amicorum fall under the topics on private international law, international civil procedure, international commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as private law – comparative and Croatian. The table of contents is available here: 00 Nulti.indd. Professor Emeritus Sajko is one of the renowned Croatian professors of private international law, while his interests reach much further which is confirmed in his rich opus listed here 27 Popis radova.indd.

Benedetta Ubertazzi’s book on Exclusive Jurisdiction in IP

Benedetta Ubertazzi, an Assistant Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Macerata (Italy), has published a book titled “Exclusive Jurisdiction in Intellectual Property”. The issue of exclusive jurisdiction in intellectual property matters, especially those related to existence and validity of intellectual property rights, was revived in the recent years due to several important court cases, including the CJEU judgment in GAT v. LuK, the US ruling in Voda v. Cordis, and the UK decisions in Lucasfilm v. Ainsworth. In this book Benedetta Ubertazzi argues that the grounds regularly invoked to support the exclusive jurisdiction rules related to intellectual property rights do not stand the test of justifiableness. Moreover, she purports that such exclusive jurisdiction should be abandoned because it runs contrary to public international rules concerning the avoidance of a denial of justice.

The book is published in 2012 by Mohr Siebeck as 273rd title in a series of books Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht (StudIPR) and available for order here, also as an e-book. The article by the same author on this topic was published in 15 Intellectual Property L. Rev. 357 (2011) and available here.