Brussels Conference on Cross Border Class Actions


On Friday 27 April 2012, an international symposium will be held in Brussels on “Cross-Border Class Actions: The European Way”. The symposium is part of an inter-university research project on judicial cooperation in regulatory matters and consumer protection. The event will be held at the Stanhope hotel, within a walking distance from the European Commission headquarters. Full details and registration form can be found online.

The programme is as follows:

9:00- 9:15: Welcome Speech

Andrée Puttemans, Dean of the Law Faculty of Université Libre de Bruxelles

Introduction to the conference

Arnaud Nuyts, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Part I – Aggregate Litigation as a New Regulatory Technique

Chair: George Arestis, Judge, European Court of Justice

9:15- 9:40: A Model Typology of Class Actions

Michael Karayanni, Hebrew University 

9:40- 10:20: Introducing a EU Regime for Collective Redress Litigation – The State of Play

  • Maciej Szpunar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (PL), University of Silesia,
  • Lukasz Gorywoda, Université Libre de Bruxelles

 10:20-10:45: Collective Redress in the Post-Regulatory State

Horatia Muir Watt, Science-Po Paris


Part II – EU Cross-Border Collective Redress Litigation

Chair: Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street, London

11:25-11:50: Collective Redress and the Brussels I Jurisdictional Model

Burkhard Hess, University of Heidelberg

11:50-12:15: The Consolidation of Collective Claims under Brussels I

Arnaud Nuyts, Université Libre de Bruxelles

12:15-12:40: Recognition, Enforcement and Collective Judgments

Richard Fentiman, University of Cambridge


Luch time: Keynote Speech

Salla Saastamoinen, European Commission


14:10-14:50: The Worldwide Reach of US Class Actions

  • Ralf Michaels, Duke University
  • Louise Ellen Teitz, Roger Williams University, Hague Conference

14:50-15:10: Collective Redress and Arbitration

Luca Radicati di Brozolo, Catholic University of Milano


Part III – Cross-Border Collective Redress in Specific Fields

Chair: Hakim Boularbah, Université Libre de Bruxelles

15:30-16:10: Collective Redress and Competition Policy

  • Michael Hellner, University of Stockholm
  • Lia Athanassiou, University of Athens

16:10-16:50: Collective Redress and Consumer Protection

  • Cristina González Beilfuss, University of Barcelona
  • Malgorzata Posnow, Université Libre de Bruxelles

16:50-17:30: Collective Redress and Financial Markets

  • Anna Gardella, Catholic University of Milano
  • Charalambos Savvides, University of Cyprus

18:00: Conclusions – Collective Redress and Global Governance

Nikitas Hatzimihail, University of Cyprus,