Swiss Institute of Comparative Law: Conference on International Successions and Colloquium on Lugano Convention


Two interesting events dealing with private international law will take place in March 2007 at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (ISDC, Lausanne).

The first one, on Thursday, 15th March, at 17h00, is the inaugural conference of the Association of Alumni and Friends of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (AISDC): Prof. Andrea Bonomi (University of Lausanne) will lecture on "La scission des successions internationales", focusing on problems arising from international successions in legal systems which adopt the so-called "principle of scission" (i.e. different conflict rules determining the law applicable to the succession for movable and immovable property). A small fee is required for participation (free of charge for students).

On Friday, 16th March, the 19th Journée de droit international privé, organised by the ISDC and the University of Lausanne (Center of Comparative Law, European Law and Foreign Legislations), will analyse the present and future perspectives of the Lugano Convention, providing an overview of recent case law and focusing on some specific provisions of the Convention. Here's a short presentation of the programme (our translation from French):

19e Journée de droit international privé:

"La Convention de Lugano. Passé, présent et devenir"


Chair: Eleanor Cashin Ritaine (Director of the ISDC)

The new Lugano Convention 

  • Monique Jametti Greiner (Federal Office of Justice, Bern)

Recent case law on Lugano Convention

  • Gian Paolo Romano (ISDC)

Jurisdiction in matters relating to a contract

  • Alexander Markus (Federal Office of Justice, Bern)
  • Eva Lein (ISDC)

Protective rules for the weaker party

  • Andrea Bonomi (University of Lausanne)
  • Anne-Sophie Papeil (University of Neuchâtel)

Round Table, with the participation of:

  • Hélène Gaudemet-Tallon (University of Paris II)
  • Fausto Pocar (President of the ICTY – Rapporteur of the new Lugano Convention)

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Chair: Andrea Bonomi (University of Lausanne)

Lis pendens and connected claims 

  • Jolanta Kren Kostkiewicz (University of Bern)
  • Bart Volders (ISDC)

Recognition and enforcement of judgments 

  • Anton K. Schnyder (University of Zurich)
  • Valentin Retornaz (University of Neuchâtel)

Round table and final discussion, with the participation of:

  • Monique Jametti Greiner (Federal Office of Justice, Bern)
  • Andreas Bucher (University of Geneva)
  • Yves Donzallaz (Avocat in Sion)

The conference will be held in French, German and English (no translation is provided).

For the detailed programme and further information (including fees), see the ISDC website and the downloadable leaflet. An online registration form is available.