Conclusion of the Fourth Special Commission Meeting on the Judgments Project / HCCH Document on Intellectual Property-Related Judgments

Today the fourth meeting of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments concluded in The Hague. Further information (incl. a revised Draft Convention text) will be uploaded on the Hague Conference website soon (< >). Please check this website for the latest updates.

A background document related to the Treatment of Intellectual Property-Related Judgments under the November 2017 draft Convention was published this month by the Hague Conference (HCCH). It was drafted by the co-Rapporteurs of the draft Convention (Professors Francisco J. Garcimartín Alférez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain and Geneviève Saumier, McGill University, Canada) and the Permanent Bureau. This document will be discussed at the Diplomatic Session (a high-level negotiation meeting with a view to adopting a final text – envisaged to take place in mid-2019) and was not meant to be discussed at this Special Commission.

For those of you who are interested in the interaction between intellectual property rights and the Judgments Project, please refer to the above-mentioned background document (instead of the Revised Preliminary Explanatory Report as this will be further revised to reflect the content of this document).

Summer School on European and Comparative Environmental Law

The School of Law of the University of Bologna is organizing the III Edition of the Summer School on European and Comparative Environmental Law, to be held in Ravenna, July 9-13, 2018. Read more

Moving from Paris to The Hague for the PAX MOOT Finals

Thanks to Horatia Muir Watt and Hélène van Lith (Sciences Po) for this post

The PAX Moot Eliminatory Round took place last Tuesday in Paris with 8 universities mooting the cross border climate change moot case which addressed a number of complex transnational legal questions in Private International Law and was generously hosted by the ICC (see also our previous post). Read more

Private-Public Divide in International Dispute Resolution. A 2017 Hague Lecture, Out Now

The 2017 Hague Lecture of Prof. Burkhard Hess, just published in the Recueil des Cours, addresses dispute resolution in international cases from the classical perspective of the private-public divide. This distinction is known in almost all legal systems of the world, and it operates in both domestic and in international settings. The main focus of the Lecture relates to overlapping remedies available under private international and public international law; it maps out the growing landscape of modern dispute resolution, where a multitude of courts and arbitral tribunals operating at different levels (domestic, international and transnational) is accessible to litigants in cross-border settings. Today, a comprehensive study of these developments is still missing. This Lecture does not aim to provide the whole picture, but focusses instead on some basic structures, revealing three main areas where the distinction between private and public disputes remains applicable today:

Pluralism or universalism in international copyright law

The International Conference “Pluralism or Universalism in International Copyright Law” is to be held in May 31-June 1, 2018 at the University of Cyprus. The conference is organized by Associate Professor Tatiana Eleni Synodinou. Read more

TDM Call for Papers: Special Issue on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming Transnational Dispute Management (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120, Special Issue on “Cybersecurity in International Arbitration.Read more

The Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law organises its XLI Seminar on Private International Law

The Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law (AMEDIP) will be hosting its XLI Seminar entitled “Towards the Unification of Private International Law Principles in Mexican Procedural Law” at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (Mexico) from 14 to 16 November 2018.

The seminar will focus in particular on the New National Code of Civil and Family Procedure, which will contain PIL provisions. This is a significant development given that at present each Mexican state (32) has its own procedural law.

Potential speakers are invited to submit a paper in Spanish, English, or Portuguese by 17 September 2018. Papers must comply with the criteria established by AMEDIP and will be evaluated accordingly. Selected speakers will be required to give their presentations preferably in Spanish as there will be no interpretation services but some exceptions may be made by the organisers upon request.


The 60th Seminar of Comparative and European Law in Urbino (Italy) has already been announced. It will take place from August 20, to September 1. The program includes presentations on many different topics, some of them of direct interest for private international lawyers and scholars.  The whole program is available here, together with information on  enrollment, accommodation, and how to get to Urbino.


Out now: ZEuP 2018, Issue 2

The latest issue of the Zeitschrift für Europäische Privatrecht has just been released. Read more

Symposium Publication: Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act

The most recent issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (available here) is a special issue, guest edited by Janet Walker, Gerard Kennedy and Sagi Peari, considering the Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act.  This statute governs the taking of jurisdiction and both staying and transferring proceedings in civil and commercial matters in three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

The abstract to the introductory article states: “In 2016, the Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act (“CJPTA”) marked its tenth year in force.  Promulgated by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, and adopted in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, the CJPTA was developed to clarify and advance the law of judicial jurisdiction.  In a symposium hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School, ten leading scholars were invited to present papers on specific questions in order to assess the promise of the CJPTA to meet the needs of Canadians in the years ahead and to provide leadership for the law in other parts of Canada.  This article provides an overview of the issues discussed in the symposium; it places the papers that were presented in the larger context of developments in the law of judicial jurisdiction in Canada and internationally; and it summarizes in an appendix the drafting reforms that might be made to the Act.”