Conference: The Rome I Regulation – New Choice of Law Rules in Contract

We are pleased to announce the:

Journal of Private International Law Conference
The Rome I Regulation: New Choice of Law Rules in Contract
Friday 19th September 2008
Herbert Smith, Exchange House, London

The full programme, also set out below, can be found on our dedicated conference page. The speakers are all internationally recognised experts in the fields of private international law, insurance e-commerce and IP, and financial services. The keynote speech is to be delivered by The Honourable Mr Justice Richard Plender, Royal Courts of Justice.

Details on fees and booking can be found here – if you wish to attend, I suggest booking with all due speed as places are limited.

The conference is kindly sponsored by Herbert Smith, the University of Birmingham, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Southampton.


9.30am – 10.00am Registration and Coffee/Tea

10.00am – 10.15am Opening and Keynote Address

The Honourable Mr Justice Richard Plender, Royal Courts of Justice, ‘Towards a European Private International Law of Obligations

10.15am – 11.30am The General Framework

(Chair: Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen)

Raquel Correia, Legal Adviser and JHA Counsellor, Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union

Andrew Dickinson, Clifford Chance LLP, London; Visiting Fellow in Private International Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Dr Michael Hellner, University of Uppsala

Oliver Parker, Legal Adviser, Ministry of Justice

11.30am – 12.00pm Coffee/Tea Break

12.00pm–1.00pm Insurance

(Chair: Adam Johnson, Partner, Herbert Smith LLP)

Richard Lord QC, Brick Court Chambers

Professor Robert Merkin, University of Southampton

Louise Merrett, Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Fountain Court Chambers

1.00pm – 2.15pm Lunch

2.15pm – 3.15pm E-Commerce and IP

(Chair: Professor Gerrit Betlem, University of Southampton)

Richard Fentiman, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Dr Julia Hörnle, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham

3.15pm – 4.30pm Financial Services

(Chair: Professor Jonathan Harris, University of Birmingham; Brick Court Chambers)

Professor Michael Bridge, London School of Economics, University of London

Professor Francisco Garcimartin Alférez, University of Madrid Rey Juan Carlos

Dr Joanna Perkins, Secretary of the Financial Markets Law Committee

Charles Proctor, Partner, Bird & Bird; Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham

4.30pm – 5.00pm Coffee/Tea Break

5.00pm – 5.30pm Panel Discussion

(Chair: Murray Rosen QC, Partner, Herbert Smith LLP)

5.30pm Drinks Reception

Booking and Fees