Out now: Festschrift in honour of Jolanta Kren Kostkiewicz

Although it is hard to believe in light of her vitality and prolific academic output, Professor Dr. Jolanta Kren Kostkiewicz (University of Berne, Switzerland) will actually retire at the end of the spring term 2018. On this occasion, many colleagues and friends both from Switzerland and abroad have contributed to a voluminous Festschrift in her honour which is published under the general heading “Civil procedure and execution in the national and international sphere – intersections and comparisons” (Alexander R. Markus/Stephanie Hrubesch-Millauer/Rodrigo Rodriguez [eds.], Zivilprozess und Vollstreckung national und international – Schnittstellen und Vergleiche, Stämpfli Verlag AG, Bern 2018, 858 pp., ISBN: 978-3-7272-2289-4, CHF 158). Read more

Symposium in honour of Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

The Law Faculty and the Department of Private International Law of the University of Geneva are organizing a symposium on international dispute settlement in honour of Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler. This event will take place on 27 September 2018 in Geneva. The organizers wish to celebrate Kaufmann-Kohler’s career as professor, arbitrator, counsel, researcher and director of research. Her colleagues, friends and former students will gather to celebrate this extraordinary lawyer whose talents and personality are recognized worldwide. Further information about the programme and details on registration may be found here.

Vacancy: Senior Research Assistant sought for global project on choice of law

Professor Daniel Girsberger of the University of Lucerne is seeking to employ a Senior Research Assistant to work on a global project on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. The part-time position is funded by the Swiss National Research Fund (SNF), initially for a period of three years. It is envisaged that the successful candidate would work from the University of Lucerne (and/or Geneva).

The successful candidate will:

Tort Litigation against TNCs in the English Courts

Ekaterina Aristova, a PhD in Law Candidate at the University of Cambridge, has made available on SSRN her article “Tort Litigation against TNCs in the English Courts: The Challenge of Jurisdiction”. Published earlier this month in the Utrecht Law Review the article discusses a recent trend of private claims alleging direct liability of parent companies for overseas human rights abuses (‘Tort Liability Claims’) focusing on the rules of civil jurisdiction applied by the English courts. It demonstrates how jurisdictional issues arising in Tort Liability Claims challenge the traditional value-neutralism paradigm of private international law as an abstract and technical disciplineby necessitating increasing involvement of domestic courts in the regulation of transnational corporations (‘TNCs’).

The author has kindly provided us with a brief summary of her key findings:

1) Tort Liability Claims are typically initiated in England by private partiesaffected by the activities of TNCs in the host (foreign) state.These arecivil liability cases in which the cause of actionagainst English-domiciled parent companiesis framed through the tort law concept of duty of carerather than the corporate law doctrine of piercing the corporate veil or customary international law on human rights. The allegations are based on the common law principles which provide that in certain circumstances the parent company may be found to have assumed a duty of care, owed to the claimants, to ensure their safety.The article explainsthat duty of care is invoked by the claimants in order to: (1) attribute liability for the overseas abuse to the parent company; (2) establish the necessaryterritorialconnection between the alleged tort and England; and (3) weaken the extraterritoriality concerns raised by the judgment of the English courtswith respect to the events occurred on the territory of the host(foreign)state.

Newcastle University PhD Studentship in Law (including private international law)

Value of award: 100% of UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years and an annual stipend at the UKRI postgraduate rate, currently £14,777.

Start date and duration: 1 September 2018 for 3 years.

Application closing date: 12 July 2018.

Overview: Applications are invited from candidates with an interest in pursuing a PhD in any area of Law in which the School offers supervision. See our list of staff members to find an appropriate supervisor for your research topic.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates are expected to hold at a minimum either a first class, or a very good upper second class undergraduate degree in Law.

Applications will be considered on their merits, including further education at Masters level, a publication record, professional qualifications, or relevant work experience.

“Recognition of Foreign Judgments in China: The Liu Case and the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative,” a New Article by Professor Ronald Brand

Professor Ronald Brand has recently posted a paper titled “Recognition of Foreign Judgments in China: The Liu Case and the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative.” The posting includes an English translation of the first Chinese case to recognize and enforce a U.S. judgment, prepared by Yuting Xu. The combined paper and case translation are available here.

The UM Macao Distinguished Visiting Scholar (MDS)

The UM Macao Distinguished Visiting Scholar (MDS), established by University of Macau (UM) under the UM Macao Talent Program, aims to attract established scholars to conduct inter/multi-disciplinary research activities with UM faculty members or to promote joint research projects/publications. Read more

The UM Macao Post-doctoral Fellowship (MPF)

The UM Macao Post-doctoral Fellowship (MPF), established by University of Macau (UM) under the UM Macao Talent Program, aims to attract high-calibre PhD graduates for faculties to sustain and strengthen their research capabilities and build up areas of expertise. Read more

UM (University of Macao) Macao PhD Scholarship

The UM Macao PhD Scholarship (MPDS) was established by the University of Macau (UM) in 2018, which aims at attracting excellent students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in the UM. Read more

26 June 2018: Colloquium on CJEU Achmea Judgment at the University of Amsterdam

On 26 June 2018 the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) together with the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) will host a colloquium on the CJEU’s recent Achmea judgment. The event will take place from 10.30 am through 5 pm at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Room A.3.15, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam. Read more