Conference: Arbitration and EC Law

The Heidelberg Centre for International Dispute Resolution at the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law will host a conference with the topic

“Arbitration and EC Law – Current Issues and Trends”.

The conference will focus on the relations between European civil procedure and arbitration which have been an intensely debated topic among legal scholars and practitioners for a long time. Lately the debate has been fuelled in particular by:

  • the upcoming decision of the European Court of Justice which will decide on the availability of anti-suit injunctions for the protection of arbitral agreements (case C-185/07) – on September 4, 2008 GA Kokott proposed in her conclusions not to permit such remedies in the European Judicial Area,
  • recent case law in several EC Member States addressing the arbitrability of EC antitrust law,
  • the publication of a report, commonly known as the Heidelberg Report, analyzing – in view of the European Commission’s upcoming proposals on possible improvements of the Brussels I Regulation in 2009 – the application of the Regulation in 25 Member States, which proposes to delete the arbitration exception in article 1 no. 2d in order to bring ancillary proceedings relating to arbitration under the scope of the Brussels I Regulation

The conference will take place from 5th to 6th December 2008 in Heidelberg. Here is the conference program:

Friday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m.

1. Free movement of arbitral awards: European challenges

Prof. Gomez Jene, Madrid

2. West Tankers Litigation – the present state of affairs

Att. Prof. H. Raeschke-Kessler, Karlsruhe

3. Articles 81 and 82 EC-Treaty and arbitration

Prof. P. Schlosser, Munich

4. The Regulations Rome I and Rome II: Their impact on arbitration

Prof. T. Pfeiffer, Heidelberg


Saturday, Dec. 6, 9.30 a.m.

5. Roundtable: The Brussels I Regulation and arbitration

(Chair: Prof. H. Kronke)

5.1 Findings and proposals of the Heidelberg Report on the Regulation (EC) 44/01

Prof. B. Hess, Heidelberg

5.2 A French reaction

Att. Alexis Mourre, Paris

5.3 An English reaction

Att. VV. Veeder, London

5.4 A Belgian perspective

Prof. H. van Houtte, Leuven

5.5 An Italian reaction

Prof. C. Consolo, Verona.

The conference will end at 12.00.

Further information, in particular on registration and accomodation, can be found at the website of the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law Heidelberg.