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On 7 June 2019, the School of Law at Royal Holloway, University of London and the School of Law at Middlesex University organise a conference on the topic of “Access to Justice and Arbitration”. The conference is hosted at Royal Holloway.

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) has announced that the 11th International Forum on the e-APP (electronic Apostille Program) will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, from 16 to 18 October 2019.

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:

Marta Requejo  has published recently an article on the Procedural Harmonization and Private Enforcement in the Area of Personal Data Protection. The article is featured in the latest edition of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law Research Paper Series, and may be retrieved here.

The 2019 edition of the Brussels Global Week

This year’s edition of the Brussels Global Week, an annual forum open to academics, researchers, students, NGOs, legal practitioners, regulators and decision-makers to discuss issues of law and globalization, will take place from 20 to 23 May 2019 at the Solbosch Campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Preparing for Brexit, part 3

After April Fools’ Day in the House of Commons, stepping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit has become more important than ever. Insofar, it should be noted that not only the EU Commission has been active in this regard (see our earlier posts here and here), but that national legislators are bracing for the fallout from a hard Brexit as well. On 29 March 2019, the German law on Brexit-related measures in the field of taxation entered into force. In spite of its bland title, this law goes far beyond tax law and includes transitory provisions in a number of important areas of business law, ranging from banking to insurance and securities law. Most articles provide that German authorities may order that British companies will be treated like EU companies for a transition period no longer than 21 months in case of a hard Brexit. By such an extension, the German legislature hopes to buffer the economic shocks that may arise in the absence of a withdrawal agreement.

Dr. Marlene Brosch (Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law) recently published a book on Choice of Law Agreements and Jurisdictional Agreements in EU International Family Law and Succession Law.


Here is a brief overview provided by the author:

The UK has suspended its accession to the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) and its ratification to the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention) until 13 April 2019 or 23 May 2019 as the case may be in accordance with the European Council Decision. This takes effect as of 1 April 2019 (the scheduled date of their entry into force).

Preparing for Brexit, part 2

The European Commission has just released some new factsheets and Q&A documents regarding the consequences of a no-deal Brexit here. Inter alia, the information given concerns the rights of consumers (including the applicable law and the enforcement of judgments), of EU citizens living in the UK, of UK citizens living in the EU, and the position of EU students enrolled at UK universities. However, the date for a hard Brexit mentioned in the documents is still 29 March 2019, which is in any event no longer accurate after last week’s summit (see our previous post here).

Preparing for Brexit

At the moment this note is written, it is unclear whether there will be another vote in the House of Commons concerning Theresa May’s deal with the EU-27 at all (see here for the latest developments). Already on 18 January 2019, the European Commission recognized that “[i]n view of the uncertainties surrounding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, all interested parties are reminded of legal repercussions which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country”. In order to clarify matters, the Commission has published a so-called Preparedness Notice which is meant to give guidance to stakeholders with regard to the implications of a no-deal Brexit in the field of judicial cooperation and private international law. The full text of this notice is available here.