Book Launch: International Child Abduction, Mayela Celis (Madrid: Dykinson, 2023) on 5 October 2023 (in Spanish)

The Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law (AMEDIP) is holding a webinar on 5 October 2023 at 2:30 pm (Mexico City time), 10:30 pm (Europe, CEST time) to launch the book entitled:

International Child Abduction: jurisprudential, doctrinal and critical study of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention. Key concepts and solutions to application problems (Madrid: Dykinson, 2023) 604 pp.

For more information about the book, see our previous post here.

The book will be presented by the author and the following AMEDIP members: Professors Jorge Alberto Silva Silva and Nuria González Martín, as well as the family law attorney María Virginia Aguilar.

The webinar will be held in Spanish and the details are:


Meeting ID: 894 9875 5044

Password: AMEDIP

Participation is free of charge.

This event will also be streamed live:

Book Launch: Blockchain & Private International Law

The Series Editors of International and Comparative Business Law and Public Policy are hosting a book launch and cocktail party to celebrate the publication of Blockchain & Private International Law, edited by Andrea Bonomi, Matthias Lehmann, and Shaheeza Lalani (reviewed here by Christina Blanchet Valle).

The hybrid event will take place on 5 October, 5pm Swiss Time, both at the University of Lausanne, IDHEAP, AULA, and online (Zoom-Link; pw: 832357).

New Volume of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Journal

The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), one of the oldest international arbitration institutions in the world, founded in 1950, has started to publish its annual journal on commercial arbitration – “Japan Commercial Arbitration Journal” – entirely in English. The Journal’s Volume 4, which has been published recently, features the following articles:

Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira

Combining Interactive Arbitration with Mediation: A Hybrid Solution under the Interactive Arbitration Rules


Masaru Suzuki, Shinya Sakuragi

The Use of Technology in the International Commercial Arbitration and the Consideration of Rulemaking


Kazuhisa Fujita

Current Status of International Arbitration from the Perspective of Corporate Law and Japan as the Place of Arbitration


Dai Yokomizo

International Commercial Arbitration and Public Interests: Focusing on the Treatment of Overriding Mandatory Rules


Yuji Yasunaga

Extending the Application of an Arbitration Agreement Involving a Corporation to Include its Representative


Kazuhiro Kobayashi

Scope, Amount and Sharing of Arbitration Expenses and Court Costs in Japan


Leon Ryan, Shunsuke Domon

Disputes in India ? Lessons from Mittal v Westbridge


Junya Naito, Motomu Wake

Potential for a New Arb-Med in Japan

Yoshihiro (Yoshi) Takatori

Arbitrator Training and Assessment ? How to Increase and Strengthen Resource of Arbitrators and ADR Practitioners


Shuji Yanase

On Dual Conciliation by Two Conciliators


Takeshi Ueda

Discussions and Challenges in Promoting Online Dispute Resolution


Shinji Kusakabe

Civil Litigation after the Introduction of IT, as Suggested by Scheduled Proceedings in Commercial Arbitration


All volumes can also be freely consulted and downloaded here.

Book Launch: Governance of Artificial Intelligence in the European Union What Place for Consumer Protection?

Marion Ho-Dac (Artois University) and Cécile Pellegrini (Lyon Catholic University) are hosting a conference at Lyon Catholic University on Friday 29 September 2023 on the occasion of the launch of their book “Governance of Artificial Intelligence in the European Union What Place for Consumer Protection?”.

The book tackles the interplay between Artificial Intelligence (AI) governance and consumer protection on the European Union (EU) market. An in-depth analysis of the existing and future EU legal framework is conducted in order to assess its capacity to meet the challenges posed by AI. The effectiveness of consumer rights, and more widely of fundamental rights, in the digital single market calls for a regulatory ecosystem that fosters trust and therefore, upstream, transparency and explainability of AI systems. Hence, the book explores different normative paths – from hard law to standardization – as well as monitoring and supervision tools – from ethics to media literacy – that could progressively lead to an inclusive and comprehensive EU governance structure for AI. Several book’s chapters highlight the complexity of balancing conflicting interests such as the protection of consumers against the adverse impacts of AI, supporting AI development and technological innovation and putting AI at the service of empowered consumers. Ultimately, the book offers important insights into thinking about tomorrow’s digital consumer in EU law, inviting a rethinking of European policy boundaries and related legal regimes.

The full programme for the event can be found here.

Conference at the University of Milan: EU Private International Law: a Look into the Future 50 Years after the Entry into Force of the 1968 Brussels Convention

Michele Grassi (University of Milan) has kindly shared the following announcement with us:

The Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law of the University of Milan will host, on September 14 and 15, a conference on “EU Private International Law: a Look into the Future 50 Years after the Entry into Force of the 1968 Brussels Convention”, in cooperation with the European Group for Private International Law. The event is co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU (Jean Monnet Module on Family and Succession Law Matters in EU Private International Law and Jean Monnet Module on EU Private International Law Rules on Obligations in a Digitalised World).

The conference will consider the relationship of EU PIL acts with third States and the new perspectives and gaps to fill in the EU judicial cooperation in civil matters. Speakers and chairs of the panels include: Fausto Pocar (University of Milan, Emeritus), Hans van Loon (former Secretary-General of the HCCH), Pietro Franzina (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan), Christian Kohler (University of Saarland, Emeritus) Zeno Crespi Reghizzi (University of Milan), Patrick Kinsch (University of Luxembourg), Etienne Pataut (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Cristina González Beilfuss (University of Barcelona), Luigi Fumagalli (University of Milan), Andrea Bonomi (University of Lausanne), Francesca Villata (University of Milan), Támas Szabados (University of Budapest), Stefania Bariatti (University of Milan), Andreas Stein (EU Commission).

Participation is free of charge, but you are kindly asked to register at the following link:

The flyer can be found here; for further information, feel free to contact

Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) of the OAS adopts Guide to Best Practices in International Jurisdictional Cooperation for the Americas

Earlier this month, the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted a Guide to Best Practices in International Jurisdictional Cooperation for the Americas. It is available here (in English) and here (in Spanish).

See in particular questions 5 and 7, which relate to electronic service and videoconferencing (pp. 18 and 26). The actual Guide begins on page 38.

6-month Internship Opportunity in The Hague

2024 applications for a 6-month internship in The Hague, Netherlands are now open for Australian law school graduates

The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association call for applications for the 2024 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship.

Read more

2023 Early Career Seminar Series – Private International Law Panel

The ILA Australian Branch is pleased to present the first seminar in its 2023 Early Career Seminar Series on topics in private international law.

The event will be an online lunch time discussion on Thursday, 17 August 2023 at 1.00pm AEST.

The panel will feature the speakers below.

Speakers and topics:

Dr Sarah McKibbin, University of Southern Queensland: The Australian Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in Practice

Rachel Van Der Veen, Australian Public Service: Fiduciary Duties and the 1985 Trusts Convention

Commentator: Dr Brooke Marshall, UNSW Sydney

Chair: Danielle Kroon, Marque Lawyers


Further details including registration are here.

XVI ASADIP Conference: the official website is live

The official website of the XVI ASADIP Conference is live, click here. The full program is available here.

Out Now: Fabrizio Marrella, “Diritto del commercio internazionale / International Business Law”, 3rd edition 2023

The third edition of Fabrizio Marrella’s textbook on international business law has recently published by Wolters Kluwers/Cedam.

Diritto del commercio internazionale

The author (Vice-Rector and Chair of International Law at “Cà Foscari” University of Venice, Italy) has kindly provided the following summary for our readers:

After an historical introduction and a clear systematic analysis of key actors and sources of International Business Law, the book focuses on transnational contracts and commercial relationships of companies by deepening international sales (including the first applications of Incoterms ® 2020), contracts of international transport, insurance, commercial distribution, payments and bank guarantees. The leading methodology used by the Author is that of private international law and best operational practices.

The book also sets out the regulation of foreign direct investment in the light of the latest new regulatory and case-law developments. In the final part, the work examines, in one section, ADR mechanisms together with international arbitration and, in the final section, the most relevant international civil procedure rules for businesses.

The book can be found at the publisher’s website here.