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Corona and Private International Law: A Regularly Updated Repository of Writings, Cases and Developments

by Ralf Michaels and Jakob Olbing Note: This repository will stay permanent at www.conflictoflaws.net/corona. Please send additions to olbing@mpipriv.de Updated: September 28, 2020 The coronavirus has created a global crisis that affects all aspects of life everywhere. Not surprisingly, that means that the law is affected as well. And indeed, we have seen a high […]

Jurisdiction over financial damages – the A-G Opinion in the Volkswagen Case before the CJEU

from Raphael de Barros Fritz, Hamburg The assessment of a court’s jurisdiction based on Art. 7 (2) of the Brussels Ibis Regulation in cases involving exclusively financial damages has been a continuous challenge (cf., e.g., ECJ, 12.09.2018, Case C-304/17 (Löber); ECJ, 16.06.2016, Case C-12/15 (Universal); ECJ, 28.01.2015, Case C-375/13 (Kolassa)). Against this background, the Advocate General’s […]

Hague Academy Postpones Summer Courses 2020

The Hague Academy has canceled its summer courses for 2020 and will hold them in the summer of 2021. The announcement, including a video message from the Secretary-General, is here. Moving the program online was rejected because students would not get the special experience of being in the Hague. The promise of other videos to […]

Legal Harmonization in Africa

After Chukwuma Okoli’s, recent post, on this blog, on African Private International Law, Lise Theunissen, who is currently a legal intern at the Hague Conference, now has a blogpost at afronomicslaw on the harmonization of Private International Law in the African Union. Add to that Justin Monsenepwo’s recent articles on legal unification at OHADA  and […]

Gender and Private International Law: Whole Day Workshop May 25 – Call for applications deadline extended to February 15

The project on Gender and Private International Law (GaP) at the Hamburg Max Planck Institute, jointly organized by Ivana Isailovic and Ralf Michaels, will end the academic year with a bang! After the inaugural workshop (see Asma Alouane’s report here) and three successful reading sessions in the fall, there will be a whole day workshop […]

Venezuela and the Conventions of the Specialized Conferences on Private International Law (CIDIP)

written by Claudia Madrid Martínez On 28 April 2017, the government of Nicolás Maduro deposited with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), a document whereby he expressed his “irrevocable decision to denounce the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) pursuant to Article 143 thereof, thereby initiating Venezuela’s permanent withdrawal from the […]

ASADIP Annual Conference 2019: Report

written by Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm ASADIP (American Association of Private International Law) 13th Annual Conference – Punta del Este, URUGUAY, 21-22 November 2019 TRANSNATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS OF LAW: Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, arbitral awards and other acts On 21 and 22 November 2019, the 13thASADIP Annual Conference took place in Punta del Este (Uruguay) […]

Journal of Private International Law, Vol. 15/3 (2019): Abstracts

Rachael Mulheron, Asserting personal jurisdiction over non-resident class members: comparative insights for the United Kingdom The opt-out class action involves a unique participant, viz, the absent class member whose claim is prosecuted by a representative claimant, who does not opt-out of the action nor do anything else in relation to it, and yet who is […]

Private International Law in Africa: Comparative Lessons

Written by Chukwuma Okoli, TMC Asser Institute, The Hague About a decade ago, Oppong lamented a “stagnation” in the development of private international law in Africa. That position is no longer as true as it was then – there is progress. Though the African private international law community is small, the scholarship can no longer be described […]

Gender and PIL (GaP): A New Transdisciplinary Research Project

written by Ivana Isailovic & Ralf Michaels  We are excited to announce the launch of a new transdisciplinary research project,  Gender and Private International Law (GaP), based at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (MPI).  This project is born out of a sense of scholarly and political urgency in a rapidly […]