CJEU judgment on jurisdiction for unpaid public parking ticket in Obala i lucice, C-307/19

Back in November 2020, we reported about the Opinion delivered by Advocate General Bobek in the case Obala i lucice, C-307/19, in which he revisited the case law built upon the judgment of the Court of Justice in Pula Parking, C-551/15. This Thursday, the Court rendered its judgment in the case in question.

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Book published: The Development and Perfection of Chinese Inter-Regional Conflict of Laws: From the Perspective of the Achievements of Hague Conference on Private International Law

Readers of this blog may be interested in the book (in Chinese) entitled, The Development and Perfection of Chinese Inter-Regional Conflict of Laws: From the Perspective of the Achievements of Hague Conference on Private International Law. click here (angle.com.tw), written by Meirong Zhang, associate professor at UCASS (University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) Law School, Beijing.  It should be noted that this book was published in early 2020.

The book has four Parts: 1. The development of Chinese inter-regional conflict of laws and HCCH achievements, 2. Inter-regional civil and commercial jurisdiction, 3. Interregional choice of law rules, and 4. Inter-regional judicial assistance in civil and commercial matters. From the preface (in English) by Hans van Loon (former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)):   

UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency: No recognition for a US reorganization order in Greece

by Apostolos Anthimos

By virtue of Law Nr. 3858/2010, Greece has adapted its legislation to the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency. The appearance of the law in practice is scarce; so is the case with respect to legal scholarship. A recent judgment by the Chamber of the Piraeus 1st Instance court [date of publication: 15/12/2020] demonstrates the pitfalls in the field of recognition.


Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax) 2/2021: Abstracts

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


H.-P. Mansel/K. Thorn/R. Wagner: European Conflict of Law 2020: EU in crisis mode!

This article provides an overview of developments in Brussels in the field of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters from December 2019 until December 2020. It provides an overview of newly adopted legal instruments and summarizes current projects that are presently making their way through the EU legislative process. It also refers to the laws enacted at the national level in Germany as a result of new European instruments. Furthermore, the authors look at areas of law where the EU has made use of its external competence. They discuss both important decisions and pending cases before the CJEU as well as important decisions from German courts pertaining to the subject matter of the article. In addition, the article also looks at current projects and the latest developments at the Hague Conference of Private International Law.

Conference on Protecting Vulnerable Adults across Europe, 30 March 2021

Thanks to Pietro Franzina for the tip.

The Ministry of Justice of Portugal is organising a High level Conference on Protecting Vulnerable Adults across Europe – the Way Forward. The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU has included the international protection of adults among its priorities.

The Conference is planned for 30 March 2021. The Programme includes speakers of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Hague Conference on Priavte International Law, the Fundamental Rights Agency and national ministers of various countries. Access is free, but prior registration is required.

Save the date: the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) is organizing several online conferences on 9, 16, 23 and 30 April 2021 (at 5 pm Argentinian time, 10 pm CEST time) – in Spanish

More information will follow soon. Please click here for a link to the registration page. The Facebook page of the events is available here.

The first edition of the EFFORTS Newsletter is here!

EFFORTS (Towards more EFfective enFORcemenT of claimS in civil and commercial matters within the EU) is an EU-funded Project conducted by the University of Milan (coord.), the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, the University of Heidelberg, the Free University of Brussels, the University of Zagreb, and the University of Vilnius.

The EFFORTS Project tackles, notably, the Brussels Ibis Regulation and the Regulations on the European Enforcement Order, the European Small Claims Procedure, the European Payment Order, and the European Account Preservation Order. By investigating the implementation of these Regulations in the national procedural law of, respectively, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, and Luxembourg, the Project aims at enhancing the enforcement of claims through more efficient procedures, case management, and cooperation in cross-border disputes.

HCCH Internship Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for three- to six-month legal internships at our Permanent Bureau in The Hague, for the period from July to December 2021.

Interns work with our legal teams in the areas of Family and Child Protection Law, Legal Cooperation, Dispute Resolution, Commercial and Financial Law. It’s a great way to gain practical experience, deepen your knowledge of private international law, and to understand how the HCCH functions.

Due to the current global situation and the associated travel limitations and restrictions, the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH may consider the possibility that internships be carried out remotely. Interns may also be eligible for a monthly stipend.

We encourage you to share this opportunity with law students and graduates within your networks.

Workshop Gender and Private International Law (GaP) May 6-7, 2021

Gender and Private International LawThe transdisciplinary research project on  gender and private international law, which held its kickoff meeting in November 2019 followed by a reading group in Hamburg, will now hold its (postponed) big workshop on May 6-7, 2021. Over the past two years we have worked to create a transdisciplinary field of study at the intersection of feminist and gender studies and private international law. The workshop will establish cross-teaching between disciplines. It will consist of discussion groups covering the pressing topics of transnational surrogacy, the interaction between Western and Islamic family law, and the transnational regulation of queer families. Cyra Choudhury (Florida International University), Susanne Gössl (Kiel), Vanja Hamzic (SOAS London), Elisabeth Holzleithner (Vienna), Rosario Espinosa Calabuig (Valencia), and Nadjma Yassari (MPI Hamburg) have agreed to be the convenors.

If you are interested in joining us in May, please send your application by April 2, 2021 at gender@mpipriv.de. You can find the full Call for Applications here.  For more information about the project, please visit https://www.mpipriv.de/gender.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at gender@mpipriv.de if you have any further questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Ivana Isailovic (University of Amsterdam) & Ralf Michaels (MPI Hamburg)

MPI Luxembourg – 3rd CPLJ Webinar: 16 April 2021

Comparative Procedural Law and Justice (CPLJ) is a global project of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, with the support of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (O19/13946847), involving more than one hundred scholars from all over the world.

CPLJ is envisioned as a comprehensive study of comparative civil procedural law and civil dispute resolution schemes in the contemporary world. It aims at understanding procedural rules in their cultural context, as well as at highlighting workable approaches to the resolution of civil disputes.

In this framework, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law will host its 3rd CPLJ Webinar on 16 April 2021, 3:00 – 5:15 pm (CET).

The programme reads as follows: