Post Brexit: The Fate of Commercial Dispute Resolution in London and on the Continent


A joint conference of the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law (Luxembourg) and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law will be held on May 26th in London, within the framework of a series of BIICL events on the Brexit.

This particular seminar will look at the potential impact of a Brexit on cross-border commercial dispute resolution and on the role of London as a center for international litigation and arbitration. Speakers will address selected questions such as the legal framework for the transitional period; the validity of choice of court agreements and future frequency of choice of court agreements in favour of English courts; the different approaches in England and under the Brussels I Recast as to parallel proceedings; the cross-border circulation of titles; the Swiss position as to commercial dispute resolution between Member States and third States. A roundtable discussion will place a particular focus on London’s future as a centre for commercial dispute resolution post Brexit.


  • Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
  • Richard Fentiman, University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford
  • Marta Requejo Isidro, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg/University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Trevor Hartley, London School of Economics
  • Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street
  • Tanja Domej, University of Zurich
  • Thomas Pfeiffer, University of Heidelberg
  • Paul Oberhammer, University of Vienna
  • Adam Johnson, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Martin Howe QC, 8 New Square
  • Karen Birch, Allen and Overy
  • Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute and former Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Deba Das, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Time: 15:30-19:00 (followed by a drinks reception)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

The program is available here; for registration click here.