Yearbook of Private International Law, vol. XI (2009)


The XI volume (2009) of the Yearbook of Private International Law (YPIL), published by Sellier – European Law Publishers in association with the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (ISDC), is out. The Yearbook, edited by Andrea Bonomi and Paul Volken, contains a huge number of articles, national reports, commentaries on court decisions and other materials, up to nearly 650 pages.

Here’s the full list of contributions (available as .pdf on the publisher’s website, where the volume can be purchased, also in electronic format):


  • Erik Jayme, Party Autonomy in International Family and Succession Law: New Tendencies;
  • Ralf Michaels, After the Revolution – Decline and Return of U.S. Conflict of Laws;
  • Diego P. Fernández Arroyo, Private International Law and Comparative Law: A Relationship Challenged by International and Supranational Law;
  • Koji Takahashi, Damages for Breach of a Choice-of-Court Agreement: Remaining Issues;
  • Eva Lein, A Further Step Towards a European Code of Private International Law: The Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Succession;
  • Giulia Rossolillo, Personal Identity at a Crossroads between Private International Law, International Protection of Human Rights and EU Law;
  • Urs Peter Gruber / Ivo Bach, The Application of Foreign Law: A Progress Report on a New European Project;
  • Juan José Alvarez Rubio, Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods: Jurisdiction and Arbitration under the New UNCITRAL Convention 2008.

Private International Law in China – Selected Topics

  • Yongping Xiao / Weidi Long, Contractual Party Autonomy in Chinese Private International Law;
  • Qisheng He, Recent Developments with Regards to Choice of Law in Tort in China;
  • Renshan Liu, Recent Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters between Mainland China and Taiwan, the Hong Kong S.A.R. and the Macao S.A.R.;
  • Weidong Zhu, Law Applicable to Arbitration Agreements in China;
  • Yongping Xiao, Foreign Precedents in Chinese Courts;
  • Guoqiang Luo (Steel Rometius), Crime of Law-Bending Arbitration in Chinese Criminal Law and Its Effects on International Commercial Arbitration;
  • Fang Xiao, Law Applicable to Arbitration Clauses in China: Comments on the Chinese People’s Supreme Court’s Decision in the Hengji Company Case.

National Reports

  • Didier Opertti Badán / Cecilia Fresnedo de Aguirre, The Latest Trends in Latin American Private International Law: the Uruguayan 2009 General Law on Private International Law;
  • Jeffrey Talpis / Gerald Goldstein, The Influence of Swiss Law on Quebec’s 1994 Codification of Private International Law;
  • Yasuhiro Okuda, Initial Ownership of Copyright in a Cinematographic Work under Japanese Private International Law;
  • Elisabeth Meurling, Less Surprises for Spouses Moving Within the Nordic Countries? Amendments to the 1931 Nordic Convention on Marriage;
  • Andreas Fötschl, The Common Optional Matrimonial Property Regime of Germany and France – Epoch-Making in the Unification of Law.

News from UNCITRAL

  • Jenny Clift, International Insolvency Law: the UNCITRAL Experience with Harmonisation and Modernisation Techniques.

Court Decisions

  • Zeno Crespi Reghizzi, ‘Mutual Trust’ and ‘Arbitration Exception’ in the European Judicial Area: The West Tankers Judgment of the ECJ;
  • Mary-Rose McGuire, Jurisdiction in Cases Related to a Licence Contract Under Art. 5(1) Brussels Regulation: Case-Note on Judgment ECJ Case C-533/07 – Falco Privatstiftung and Thomas Rabitsch v. Gisela Weller-Lindhorst;
  • Antonio Leandro, Effet Utile of the Regulation No. 1346 and Vis Attractiva Concursus. Some Remarks on the Deko Marty Judgment;
  • Ben Steinbrück, Jurisdiction to Set Aside Foreign Arbitral Awards in India: Some Remarks on an Erroneous Rule of Law;
  • Gilberto Boutin, Forum non conveniens and Lis alibi pendens in International Litigation in Panama.


  • Fabrizio Marongiu Buonaiuti, Lis Alibi Pendens and Related Actions in Civil and Commercial Matters Within the European Judicial Area;
  • Caroline Kleiner, Money in Private International Law: What Are the Problems? What Are the Solutions?;
  • Benedetta Ubertazzi, Intellectual Property and State Immunity from Jurisdiction in the New York Convention of 2004.

See also our previous posts on the 2006, 2007 and 2008 volumes of the YPIL.

(Many thanks to Gian Paolo Romano, Production Editor of the YPIL)