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Liber Amicorum Bernard Audit

A Liber Amicorum to French leading PIL scholar Bernard Audit (Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur Bernard Audit) will be published in the coming months. It will include the following contributions:

Bertrand ANCEL (Université Paris II)
Exequatur et prescription

Louis d’AVOUT (Université Paris II)
La lex personalis entre nationalité, domicile et résidence habituelle

Tristan AZZI (Université Paris Descartes)
La Cour de justice et le droit international privé ou l’art de dire parfois tout et son contraire

Jean-Sylvestre BERGé (Université Lyon 3)
Droit international privé et approche contextualisée des cas de pluralisme juridique mondial

George A. BERMANN (Columbia Law School)
The European Law Institute : a Transatlantic Perspective

Liber Amicorum Jean-Michel Jacquet

A Liber Amicorum will be published at the end of the month to honor J.M. Jacquet, who has been the professor of private international law at the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva since 1994 and the Editor in Chief of the Journal du droit international (Clunet) since 2003 (Mélanges en l’honneur du professeur Jean-Michel Jacquet).

The book will be structured as follows:

Première partie – Arbitrage et Juridiction Internationale

  • Dolores Bentolila, Quelques réflexions sur le statut des tribunaux arbitraux fondés sur des traités en matière d’investissement
  • Andrea Bonomi et David Bochatay, L’aménagement de la priorité laissée à l’arbitre pour statuer sur sa propre compétence
  • Olivier Cachard, Arbitrage et soupçons de la légalisation de revenus issus d’activités illicites

PIL and Human Rights In Europe

Professor Zamora Cabot (University of Castellón) has just published “Derecho Internacional Privado y Derechos Humanos en el Ámbito Europeo” in Papeles el tiempo de los derechos, 2012 (number 4).

This paper is a previous version of a broader article that will appear under the same title in a Liber Amicorum for Professor Alegria Borras. With this publication the author continues an already fruitful research on the relationship between private international law and human rights. 

The article is introduced by a reflection on the need for a rapprochement between private international law and international law, with the aim of mutually reinforcing their potential against global governance- the Kiobel case being a good opportunity for experimenting in the field.

French Conference on the Future of European Insolvency Law

The Law Faculty of Rouen will host a conference on the Future of European Insolvency Law on September 21st, 2012. The speeches will be delivered in French. 

Le droit européen des procédures d’insolvabilité à la croisée des chemins

9 h : Rapport introductif (Michel Menjucq, Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne)

1ère séance : L’affinement des règles initiales
Présidence : Jocelyne Vallansan, Université de Caen – Basse Normandie

9 h 30 : Les procédures entrant dans le champ d’application du Règlement (Gilles Podeur, Clifford Chance Europe LLP)

9 h 50 : Les notions de centre des intérêts principaux et d’établissement (Maud Laroche, Université de Rouen)

10 h 10 : L’articulation entre la procédure principale et les procédures secondaires (Laurence-Caroline Henry, Université de Bourgogne)

Payan on the European Law of Debt Recovery

Guillaume Payan, who is a lecturer at Le Mans University, has published Droit européen de l’exécution en matière civile et commerciale.

The book, which is based on the doctoral thesis of Dr. Payan, explores how the European law of debt recovery could evolve in the coming years and proposes a strategy for the European lawmaker. Although the book discusses the main private international law instruments already adopted, its essential focus is on substantive law rather than private international law. 

The French abstract reads:

Depuis une quinzaine d’années environ, la doctrine européenne et la Commission européenne soulignent l’opportunité d’une action de l’Union européenne dans le domaine de l’exécution proprement dite des titres exécutoires. Pourtant, ce domaine est encore aujourd’hui pour l’essentiel abandonné aux droits nationaux. Cette situation devrait évoluer prochainement.

Sciences Po PILAGG Workshop Series, January-February 2012

The list of speakers at the workshop on Private International Law as Global Governance at the Law School of the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) has been updated and is available on the PILAGG website.

The speakers for January and February will be:

• 20th January: Mads ANDENAS (“External effects of national ECHR judgments”)
• 25th January (doctoral workshop): Shotaro HAMAMOTO (“L’arbitrage investisseur-État est-il hostile aux intérêts publics?”)
• 27th January: Ingo VENZKE (“On words and deeds: How the practice of interpretation develops international norms”)
• 9th February (doctoral workshop): Benoit FRYDMAN (“Approche pragmatique du droit global”)
• 11th February (doctoral workshop): David KENNEDY (“The renewal of political economy and global governance”)
• 16th February: Michael WEIBEL (“Privatizing the adjudication of sovereign defaults”)

Presentation of the CLIP Principles

Following the publication of the final Draft Principles for Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property which we reported here, the European Max-Planck Group on Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property (CLIP) is now prepared to make their presentation. The conference organised for this purpose by will take place on 3-5 November in Berlin. The program is as follows:

Thursday, November 3
Welcome reception Jürgen Basedow, Hamburg/Josef Drexl, Munich

Friday, November 4
Introduction to the CLIP Project Jürgen Basedow, Hamburg
The principle of territoriality and the rules of the CLIP Principles on jurisdiction Paul Torremans, Nottingham/Rochelle Dreyfuss, New York
The principle of territoriality and the rules of the CLIP Principles on the applicable law Josef Drexl, Munich/Dário Moura Vicente, Lisbon
The approach of the CLIP Principles to ubiquitous infringement Annette Kur, Munich/Rufus Pichler, New York
Party autonomy and contracts under the CLIP Principles Axel Metzger, Hanover/Ivana Kunda, Rijeka
The approach of the CLIP Principles to recognition and enforcement of judgements Pedro de Miguel Asensio, Madrid/Stefania Bariatti, Milan

French Book on the Rome I Regulation

 The university of Burgundy has just published a new book on the Rome I Regulation: Le Règlement communautaire Rome I et le choix de loi dans les contrats internationaux. The book is the result of a conference held in Dijon in September 2010.

The contributions include:

AVANT-PROPOS, par Sabine CORNELOUP et Natalie JOUBERT

. La théorie de l’autonomie de la  volonté, par J.-M. JACQUET

. Les travaux de la Conférence de La Haye sur un instrument non contraignant favorisant l’autonomie des parties, par M. PERTEGAS

. Le choix de loi dans les contrats internationaux et la construction européenne, par S. POILLOT-PERUZZETTO

. La recherche des sécurité juridique : la stipulation quasi-systématique d’une clause de choix de la loi applicable, par Laurence RAVILLON

Revue Critique DIPThe last issue of the Revue critique de droit international privé was just released. It contains two articles and several casenotes. The full table of content can be found here.

In the first article, Dr. Marius Kohler and Dr. Markus Buschbaum discuss the concept of recognition of authentic instruments in the context of cross-border successions (La « reconnaissance » des actes authentiques prévue pour les successions transfrontalières. Réflexions critiques sur une approche douteuse entamée dans l’harmonisation des règles de conflits de lois). The English abstract reads:

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week decided a fairly routine contract case—applying French law (opinion here). In doing so, Judges Easterbrook, Posner and Wood stated their views on the best means to prove foreign law. Of course, they each noted (in separate opinions) that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure give courts a wide berth to rely on any source or authority, including sworn statements by experts in foreign law. But Judges Easterbrook and Posner see the use of such experts as “bad practice”—in their view, it’s better for judges to consult English-language translations and treatises, which will be relatively objective, rather than the statements of experts hired by each party. According to Judge Easterbrook: