Job Vacancy at the University of Amsterdam

The Centre for the Study of European Contract Law of the University of Amsterdam is offering a PhD position in the field of private law (including private international law). Interested parties can formulate their own research proposal which has to be submitted before 1 October 2018. More information can be found here.

New UNCITRAL documents on mediation and on recognition and enforcement of insolvency-related judgments

The UNCITRAL has published the Report from the 51st session. Annexes to the report contain the proposed United Nations convention on international settlement agreements resulting from mediation, the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Mediation and International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Recognition and Enforcement of Insolvency-Related Judgments.

Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax) 5/2018: Abstracts

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

S.H. Elsing/A. Shchavelev: The new DIS Arbitration Rules 2018

New Book: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives on Private International Law

Roxana Banu of Western University has published Nineteenth-Century Perspectives on Private International Law, a new book in the Oxford University Press series on the history and theory of international law.  Information from the publisher can be found here.  From the website:

Private International Law is often criticized for failing to curb private power in the transnational realm. The field appears disinterested or powerless in addressing global economic and social inequality. Scholars have frequently blamed this failure on the separation between private and public international law at the end of the nineteenth century and on private international law’s increasing alignment with private law.

Call for papers: Journal of Private International Law Conference 2019

The Journal of Private International Law is inviting abstracts for its 8th conference to be held at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich from 12-14 September 2019. Abstracts of up to 500 words from scholars, at any stage of their career, should be sent to by Monday 7 January 2019.

The Journal has held very successful conferences in Aberdeen (2005), Birmingham (2007), New York (2009), Milan (2011), Madrid (2013), Cambridge (2015) and Rio de Janeiro (2017). Its biennial conferences provide a unique forum for scholars from all over the world to meet and advance the discipline of private international law.

Speakers will not be required to pay a registration fee but must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. It is expected that speakers will, before the end of 2019, submit the final version of their papers to be considered for publication in the Journal in the first instance.

Closing soon: 2019 Nygh Hague Conference Internship Award

Applications for the 2019 Nygh Hague Conference Internship Award close at the end of this month. The award contributes towards the costs of a student or graduate, of an Australian law school, working for up to six months at the Secretariat of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands.

The internship aims to foster Australian involvement in the work of the Hague Conference and is established in memory of the late Hon. Dr. Peter Nygh AM. The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association sponsor the award.

The successful candidate is expected to start the internship in The Hague on 14 January 2019. Further details and information on how to apply is available here.

Job Vacancy at the University of Bonn (Germany)

The Institute of German and International Procedural Law at the University of Bonn is looking for research fellows (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller on a part-time basis (50% and 25%).

Your task will include supporting the chair in research and teaching, especially in the areas of conflict of laws, international civil procedure, private law and cultural property law.

A candidate should hold a first law degree (i.e. the German First State Exam) above average (at least “vollbefriedigend”). A very good command of German is required, further language skills will be an asset.

Maastricht Private Law Lecture to be delivered by Prof. dr. Symeon C. Symeonides in October 2018

On Thursday 11 October 2018, the Maastricht Private Law Lecture, which is hosted by the Maastricht Department of Private Law, will take place at Maastricht University (Faculty of Law). This lecture will be delivered by Prof. dr. Symeon C. Symeonides and is entitled “The ‘Private’ in Private International Law”. An interactive seminar with PhD researchers will follow the next day. This event is open to everyone but registration is required and is free of charge. More information is available here.

Interested persons may also wish to read Prof. Symeonides’ excellent General Course given at the Hague Academy, which deals with this subject matter in greater depth: Symeon C. Symeonides, Private International Law: Idealism, Pragmatism, Eclecticism (General Course on Private International Law), Recueil des cours, tome 384, Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 2016 (see in particular Chapter IV pp. 100-130).

Registration for AMEDIP’s XLI Seminar entitled “Towards the Unification of Private International Law Principles in Mexican Procedural Law” is now open

Registration for the XLI Seminar organised by the Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law (AMEDIP) is now open, please click here. For background information, please see my previous post here.

The Hague Conference releases new video: “HCCH: Connecting. Protecting. Co-operating.”

By the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

During the solemn ceremony celebrating its 125th Anniversary, the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) launched a new video “HCCH: Connecting. Protecting. Co-operating.”  In a visually appealing way, the video explains the work of the HCCH and the importance of the Organisation in a globalised world.