Conference Report: 9th Transnational Commercial Law Teachers‘ Meeting at Radboud University, Nijmegen

On 2 and 3 November 2017, the Radboud University at Nijmegen hosted the 9th Transnational Commercial Law Teachers’ Meeting. In these meetings, teachers of transnational commercial law from all over the world gather to discuss fundamental issues and core instruments of unified or harmonized commercial law as laid down in the “bible” of transnational commercial law by Roy Goode, Herbert Kronke and Ewan McKendrick (see here), but also current trends and teaching methods.

This time, the meeting focused on “Transnational Commercial Law and Natural Resources”. After the opening by the President of the University Daniel Wigboldus, Herbert Kronke (Iran-US Claims Tribunal, emeritus of Heidelberg University, former Secretary-General of UNIDROIT) and Thomas Keijser (Radboud University), in a first panel chaired by Charles Mooney, University of Pennsylvania Law School, several speakers addressed the latest developments of UNIDROIT’s Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its latest Protocol on Mining, Agriculture and Construction Equipment (MAC Protocol) as well as further potential areas of application such as e.g. renewable energy machinery but also with a view to other types of cross-border secured transactions (Howard Rosen, Rail Working Group, Benjamin von Bodungen, German Graduate School of Management and Law, Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Ole Börger, Judge at the Oberlandesgericht at Bremen, Peter Winship, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Louise Gullifer, University of Oxford/Radboud University, Jeffrey Wool, Aviation Working Group, University of Washington School of Law, University of Oxford).

HCCH Preliminary Explanatory Report on the Draft Convention on Judgments

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) has issued a Preliminary Explanatory Report on the draft Convention on Judgments (Preliminary Document No 7 of October 2017) in both English and French for the attention of the Special Commission meeting of November 2017 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments.

The Preliminary Explanatory Report was prepared by Professors Francisco J. Garcimartín Alférez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and Geneviève Saumier, McGill University, Canada.

More information relating to the meeting is available at https://www.hcch.net/en/projects/legislative-projects/judgments/special-commission/.  As is evident from the Information Documents currently listed (some of which are available), the meeting will deal in particular with intellectual property rights and the extent to which they should be included in the scope of the draft Convention.

By way of comparison, it should be noted that intellectual property rights were discussed at length during the meetings of the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (see Articles 2 n) and o) and 10(3) and eventually, Article 21). This was, in my view, a good compromise.

Please note that the meeting above-mentioned is open only to delegates or experts designated by the Members of the Hague Conference, invited non-Member States and International Organisations that have been granted observer status.

Out now: Cross-Border Litigation in Europe

Hart Publishing Ltd. (UK) has just announced the release of Cross-Border Litigation in Europe, edited by Paul Beaumont, Mihail Danov, Katarina Trimmings and Burcu Yüksel (ISBN 9781782256762, £90.00). The following description is drawn from the publisher’s flyer:

Registration for the Hague Academy Summer Courses is Open

(from the Peace Palace)

Attention scholars of international law: The registration for the 2018 summer courses of The Hague Academy of International Law has opened. Over the years, thousands of students and professionals have come to the Peace Palace in The Hague to acquire a deeper understanding of Public International Law and Private International Law. Have a look at the program here:

Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic: Opening Ceremony on 15 December 2017

On Friday, 15 December 2015, the Opening Ceremony of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic’s fifth cycle will take place. The ceremony will focus on current developments in the law of general terms and conditions which, from a legal perspective, create new challenges and pose numerous interesting and controversial questions.

“Fundamentals and latest challenges of the control of general terms and conditions”

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Phillip Hellwege, M.Jur. (Oxford), University of Augsburg and Vice President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History

Panelists:  Jutta Gurkmann, Federation of German Consumer Organisations, and Martin Freitag Association of the German Construction Industry.

The ceremony will start at 4 p.m. and take place at the Festsaal Luisenstraße 56, 10115 Berlin.

REDA 2017 “Regulation and Enforcement in the Digital Age”

The International Conference “Regulation and Enforcement in the Digital Age” will take place on 16 & 17 November in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The conference sessions are the following:

Copyright law in the digital era

Internet regulation and enforcement

Special issues in online data protection

Data protection and consumer rights

Emerging trends and challenges of e-commerce and consumer law

Cybersecurity and Internet regulation

PhD Students Special Session: Internet regulation: New challenges, new ideas.

For more info, press here

Privatizing Dispute Resolution and its Limits.Third IAPL-MPI Luxembourg Summer-School

It is our pleasure to announce the third edition of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL) – Max Planck Institute Luxembourg Summer-School, which will take place in Luxembourg from the 1st to the 4th of July 2018.

Out Now: Cheshire, North and Fawcett (15th ed)

The 15th edition of the leading text on private international law, Cheshire, North & Fawcett: Private International Law, has been released.

This new edition is edited by Paul Torremans, Uglješa Gruši?, Christian Heinze, Louise Merrett, Alex Mills, Carmen Otero García-Castrillón, Zheng Sophia Tang, Katarina Trimmings, and Lara Walker, with James J. Fawcett as the Consultant Editor. It provides comprehensive coverage of the full range of private international law topics; offers not only in-depth academic treatment of the principles, but also an examination of important commercial topics within the subject, such as the private international law treatment of contracts, jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments; and written by an expert team with a wealth of both academic and practical experience.

Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax) 6/2017: Abstracts

The latest issue of the „Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax)“ features the following articles: Read more

Codification in International and EU Law – Call for Papers

The XXIII Annual Conference of the Italian Society of International and EU Law (SIDI-ISIL) will take place at the University of Ferrara on 7 and 8 June 2018. Read more