Bob Wessels, International Insolvency Law: Part II European Insolvency Law, 4th edition 2017, Wolters Kluwer

Written by Lukas Schmidt, Research Fellow at the Center for Transnational Commercial Dispute Resolution (TCDR) of the EBS Law School, Wiesbaden, Germany

With International Insolvency Law Part II having been published, Bob Wessels’ 10 volume series ‘Insolventierecht’ (Insolvency Law) is now completed in its 4th edition. The publication comprehensively deals with the European Insolvency Regulation Recast as entered into force on 26 June 2017, while International Insolvency Law: Part I Global Perspectives on Cross-Border Insolvency Law, already published at the end of 2015, covers the core concepts of Cross-Border Insolvency Law, other regional frameworks than the EIR and relevant instruments of soft law. (more…)

Deference to Foreign Sovereign Submissions

As previously reported here, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision in 2016 reversing a $147.8 million price-fixing judgment against two Chinese manufacturers of Vitamin C. The plaintiffs alleged that the Chinese manufacturers engaged in price fixing and supply manipulation in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. In its first ever appearance as an amicus before a U.S. court, the Chinese government filed a formal statement asserting that Chinese law required the Chinese manufacturers to set prices and reduce the quantities of Vitamin C sold abroad. Relying on this statement, the Second Circuit held that because the Chinese manufacturers could not comply with both Chinese law and the U.S. antitrust laws, principles of international comity compelled dismissal of the case.

This case raises a host of interesting questions. First, did the Second Circuit reach the right result? Second, is this a comity case or a foreign sovereign compulsion case? Third, what level of deference is due to a foreign sovereign that appears in private litigation to explain their country’s laws? Fourth, should U.S. judges defer to such an explanation?

In June 2017, the United States Supreme Court called for the views of the United States.  This past Tuesday, the Solicitor General (SG) filed this brief in response to the Court’s order.

Jurisdiction, Conflict of Laws and Data Protection in Cyberspace

Report on the Conference held in Luxembourg on 12 October 2017, by Martina Mantovani, Research Fellow MPI Luxembourg

On 12 October 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg held a joint conference entitled “Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law and Data Protection in Cyberspace”. The conference, which was attended by nearly 100 people, included presentations by academics from around the world, as well as from Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The entire conference was filmed and is available for viewing on the YouTube Channel of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg (first and second parts) (more…)


HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020: 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Evidence Convention

The HCCH and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union have the pleasure of announcing that registration is now open for HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020, which will mark the golden anniversary of the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (HCCH Evidence Convention). This year’s edition builds upon the success of HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2019, which revolved around the theme ‘The HCCH Service Convention in the Era of Electronic and Information Technology. 

The event will be hosted entirely online on Wednesday 2 December from 2:15 p.m. CET. It will feature a keynote speech by Professor Dr Michael Stürner entitled “50 years of the HCCH Evidence Convention – Facilitating cross-border proceedings” as well as two panels that will discuss the very latest in the cross-border taking of evidence under Chapter I and II of the HCCH Evidence Convention.

Out now: RabelsZ 4/2020

Issue 4 of RabelsZ is now available online and in print. It contains the following articles:

MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR AUSLÄNDISCHES UND INTERNATIONALES PRIVATRECHT, Die Frühehe im Rechtsvergleich: Praxis, Sachrecht, Kollisionsrecht (Early Marriage in Comparative Law: Practice, Substantive Law, Choice of Law), pp. 705–785

Online: Videos of the Annual Conference of the German-Colombian Lawyers Association (DKJV/ACAJ)

On Youtube you can find the videos of the Annual Conference of the German-Colombian Lawyers Association (DKJV/ACAJ). The conference took place digitally from 29 to 30 October 2020. It dealt with current legal developments in Germany and Colombia with a special focus on Covid-19.

The presentations are in Spanish. They are not only interesting from a comparative point of view. They also they deal with private international law and international procedural law matters.

The program was the following:

  • Saludos y bienvenida a los participantes

del Embajador de Colombia en Alemania Hans-Peter Knudsen Quevedo

  • Ponencia 1:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin Ibler, Universität Konstanz (Alemania): Últimos límites constitucionales que protegen los Derechos Fundamentales en la lucha contra Covid19

  • Ponencia 2:

Prof. Dr. Christian Wolffhügel, Ministerio de Justicia (Colombia): Valoración de las medidas de la Administración Colombiana durante la pandemia Covid19

  • Ponencia 3:

Prof. Dr. Bernd Marquardt, Universidad Nacional (Bogotá, Colombia): Corona y el derecho constitucional: Colombia en el contexto latinoamericano