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Jan Neels

PIL conference at the University of Johannesburg

Comparative private international law conference; University of Johannesburg; 8-11 September 2009

Key-note speakers:
(1) Prof Dr C F Forsyth (University of Cambridge):
Reconciling classic private international law with fidelity to constitutional values

(2) Prof Dr M Martinek (University of Saarland):
The Rome I and Rome II regulations in European private international law –
a critical analysis

PIL conference in Johannesburg

PIL conference at the University of Johannesburg
9-11 September 2009
Call for papers:
Closing date: 28 February 2009

PIL conference in Johannesburg

Please find a call for papers for the third quadrennial international conference on comparative private international law to be held at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa (9-11 September 2009) on Confirmed speakers include Prof C F Forsyth (University of Cambridge) and Prof M M Martinek (University of Saarland).

T. Kruger, Civil Jurisdiction rules of the EU and their impact on third States, Oxford University Press, 2008, 442p.

  • Sieg Eiselen “Goodbye arrest ad fundandam. Hello forum non conveniens?” 2008 Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg / Journal of South African Law 794
  • Thalia Kruger Civil Jurisdiction Rules of the EU and their Impact on Third States Oxford University Press 2008

Seminar on PIL at the University of Johannesburg


Morning seminar on private international law Thursday 17 April 2008

  • An African private international law regime (?) – conclusions and lessons from a decade of case law in thirteen African countries Mr R F Oppong (Lancaster University)

Hague Conference on PIL signs agreement with UJ

A cooperation agreement between the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Institute for Private International Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, came into effect on 28 August 2007. In terms of the agreement the Johannesburg Institute will act as information centre for the Hague Conference and promote the work of the Conference on the African continent. The Conference will provide all their forthcoming publications, as well as all past publications since 1955, to UJ’s law library in order to assist the Institute with the task.

South African academics welcome the outcome of the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Society of Lloyd’s v Price; Society of Lloyd’s v Lee 2006 5 SA 393 (SCA) (which may be downloaded from See Forsyth “’Mind the gap’ part 2: The South African Supreme Court of Appeal and characterisation” 2006 Journal of Private International Law 425-431 and Neels “Tweevoudige leemte: Bevrydende verjaring en die internasionale privaatreg” 2007 Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg [TSAR] / Journal of South African Law 178-188.

In a recent decision, Richman v Ben-Tovim 2007 2 SA 283 (SCA); [2007] 2 All SA 234 (SCA), the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa decided that the mere physical presence of the defendant in the foreign jurisdiction at the time process was served is a sufficient basis for international jurisdiction in the context of the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements sounding in money. (The judgement under neutral citation [2006] SCA 148 (RSA) may be downloaded from The decision of the court a quo was reported as Richman v Ben-Tovim 2006 2 SA 591 (C) (per Van Zyl J).)