First EAPIL (Virtual) Seminar on 11 December 2020: Brexit and Private International Law – What now?

On 11 December 2020, from 11 am to 1 pm (MET), the European Association of Private International Law will host the first EAPIL (Virtual) Seminar. Devoted to the impact of Brexit on Private International Law speakers from the United Kingdom and the European Continent will analyze the legal framework that will apply to cross-border cases in the short-term, i.e. as of 1 January 2021 when the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement has expired. In addition, they will discuss what the future relationship between the EU and the UK could and should look like. Special emphasis will be placed on the question of whether the EU and the UK should strive to adopt a new – bespoke – bilateral agreement (or whether it should simply join existing international conventions).

The speakers of the first session, on civil and commercial matters, will be:

  • Alexander Layton (Twenty Essex Street Chambers, London)
  • Eva Lein (University of Lausanne)
  • Michiel Poesen (KU Leuven)

The second session, on family matters, will feature presentations by:

  • Sir Andrew Moylan (Court of Appeal of England and Wales)
  • Pietro Franzina (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)
  • Anatol Dutta (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich).

The Seminar will take place via Zoom. Information about how to register will be announced in due course.

If you have questions concerning the first EAPIL Seminar or the EAPIL Seminar Series as such please get in touch with the Secretary General of EAPIL, Giesela Rühl, at



The EAPIL (Virtual) Seminar Series was established in October 2020 to contribute to the study and development of (European) Private International Law through English-language seminars on topical issues. It will provide an easily accessible and informal platform for the exchange of ideas – outside the bi-annual EAPIL conferences. At the same time, it will serve as a means for EAPIL members to connect with other EAPIL members and non-members.