A Comparative, German-Israeli Workshop on Legal Tech in Legal Education

The German Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer – BRAK) and the German Israeli Lawyer’s Association (DIJV) will host a comparative, English-language workshop on legal tech in legal education. Confirmed Speakers are Professor Ruth Janal (University of Bayreuth), Dr. Aviv Gaon (Harry Radzyner Law School, Reichman University, IDC Herzliya) and Professor Christian Wolf (Leibniz University, Hanover). The workshop will take place via Zoom on 2 December 2021. For further information and registration, see here.


CJEU on law governing time limits for lodging claims in secondary insolvency proceedings in the case ALPINE BAU, C-25/20

Under Article 32(2) of the Regulation No 1346/2000 (the “old” Insolvency Regulation, now repealed by the Regulation 2015/848), “the liquidators in the main and any secondary proceedings shall lodge in other proceedings claims which have already been lodged in the proceedings for which they were appointed, provided that the interests of creditors in the latter proceedings are served thereby, subject to the right of creditors to oppose that or to withdraw the lodgement of their claims where the law applicable so provides”.

CJEU on multiple places of (habitual) residence under the Brussels II bis Regulation in the case IB, C-289/20

In its judgment delivered this Thursday in the case IB, C-289/20, the Court of Justice addresses the issue of multiple places of residence under the Brussels II bis Regulation in the context of a request for a preliminary ruling originating from the proceedings for a divorce.

As a reminder, the preliminary question referred to the Court in this case reads as follows:

Where, as in the present case, it is apparent from the factual circumstances that one of the spouses divides his time between two Member States, is it permissible to conclude, in accordance with and for the purposes of the application of Article 3 of [the Brussels II bis Regulation] that he or she is habitually resident in two Member States, such that, if the conditions listed in that article are met in two Member States, the courts of those two States have equal jurisdiction to rule on the divorce?

Webinar: “UNIDROIT’s Projects and Technology”

The University of Turin and ILO International Training Centre’s Master in International Trade Law is pleased to announce that on Friday 10 December 2021 it will host a webinar (co-organised with UNIDROIT) on UNIDROIT’s Projects and Technology. The event will take place at 2.00 P.M. CET on Zoom via the following link: https://itcilo-org.zoom.us/j/84727714249?pwd=RC8vcFRibVZLY2pYRVpNQ0dza3JJdz09

The event will be introduced by Professor Silvia Ferreri (University of Turin). The speakers’ panel will be composed by Professor Anna Veneziano (Deputy Secretary-General, UNIDROIT, and University of Teramo), Professor Theresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballel (University Carlos III, Madrid, and Roy Goode Scholar, UNIDROIT) and Dr. Philine Wehling (Legal Officer, UNIDROIT). Professor Cristina Poncibò (University of Turin) and Professor Gustavo Prieto (Ghent University) will participate as discussants.

A new Justice has been appointed to the Mexican Supreme Court, a specialist in Private International Law and Human Rights

Yesterday the Mexican Senate appointed Loretta Ortiz Ahlf as a new Justice at the Mexican Supreme Court (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación de México). She is a senior member (miembro numerario) of the Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law (AMEDIP). Loretta Ortiz Ahlf has had several political and legal positions in the Mexican government as a Congress Representative, Advisor of Human Rights, among others. For more information, click here.

This appointment will certainly further the knowledge of Private International Law and Human Rights at the Mexican Supreme Court.


Update: HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention Repository

HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention Repository

In preparation of the Conference on the HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention on 9/10 September 2022, planned to be taking place on campus of the University of Bonn, Germany, we are offering here a Repository of contributions to the HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention. Please email us if you miss something in it, we will update immediately…

Update of 20 November 2021: New entries are printed bold.

Please also check the “official” Bibliography of the HCCH for the instrument.


I. Explanatory Reports

Garcimartín Alférez, Francisco;
Saumier, Geneviève
„Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters: Explanatory Report“, as approved by the HCCH on 22 September 2020 (available here)
Garcimartín Alférez, Francisco;
Saumier, Geneviève
“Judgments Convention: Revised Draft Explanatory Report”, HCCH Prel.-Doc. No. 1 of December 2018 (available here)
Nygh, Peter;
Pocar, Fausto
“Report of the Special Commission”, HCCH Prel.-Doc. No. 11 of August 2000 (available here), pp 19-128


II. Bibliography

Pax Moot 2022 launched!

The Pax Moot Court competition of 2022 has been launched! This is the Borrás round – in memory of the great Private International Law scholar Alegría Borrás of Barcelona.

The facts of the case, the rules and the schedule are available at www.paxmoot.eu.

Students and coaches will find, like every year, elements of EU law and the global context, procedural technicalities and societal issues.

Two recent Private International Law Articles published by International and Comparative Law Quarterly

Two recent articles have been published by International and Comparative Law Quarterly:

TC Hartley, “Basic Principles of Jurisdiction in Private International Law: The European Union, United States and England”

This article consists of a comparative study of the basic principles underlying the rules of jurisdiction in private international law in commercial cases in the law of the European Union, the United States and England. It considers the objectives which these rules seek to achieve (protection of the rights of the parties and respect for the interests of foreign States) and the extent to which these objectives are attained. It takes tort claims, especially in the field of products-liability, as an example and considers which system has the most exorbitant rules. It suggests explanations for the differences found.

F Rielaender, “Aligning the Brussels Regime with the Representatives Action Directive”

Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale (RDIPP) No 3/2021: Abstracts

The third issue of 2021 of the Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale (RDIPP, published by CEDAM) was just released. It features:

Cristina Campiglio, Professor at the University of Pavia, Conflitti positivi e negativi di giurisdizione in materia matrimoniale (Positive and Negative Conflicts of Jurisdiction in Matrimonial Matters)

The Russian Federation signed the HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention

Yesterday (17 November 2021) the Russian Federation signed the HCCH Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention). The HCCH news item is available here.

No declarations were filed. Click here (Depositary’s website).

It should be noted that in order to consent to be bound by the treaty, the Russian Federation would need to deposit an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval (art. 24(2) of the  HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention). In the meantime, a signatory State has the obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of a treaty prior to its entry into force (art. 18 of the UN Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties).