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Enhancing the protection of vulnerable adults in cross-border cases in Europe: a seminar in Milan

On 22 March 2019 the Catholic University of Milan will host a seminar (in English) on The International Protection of Adults in the European Union – Improving the Operation of the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 between Member States.

The event is part of the European Law Institute’s project on The protection of adults in international situations.

The aim of the project is to outline the text of the measures that the European Union could adopt in order to enhance, in cross-border situations, the protection of persons aged 18 or more who, by reason of an impairment or insufficiency of their personal faculties, are not in a position to protect their interests. The project builds on the idea that the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the international protection of adults, which is currently in force for twelve States (eleven of which are Member States of the Union), provides an excellent framework of cooperation in this area, but that its operation could be further improved regionally through Union’s legislation.

The main proposals prepared by the expert group in charge of the project will be illustrated and discussed in the seminar, in light of the latest developments in this area, including the Conclusions and recommendations adopted at the EC-HCCH Joint Conference on the Cross-border Protection of Vulnerable Adults of 5-7 December 2018 in Brussels.

Speakers include academics, representatives of the Union’s institutions and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference, notaries and government officials.

The agenda of the seminar is available here.

Attendance is free, but those wishing to take part in the seminar are invited to send an e-mail to by 10 March 2019 (early registration is recommended).

New Zealand Yearbook of International Law: Call for Papers

Posted on behalf of Jan Jakob Bornheim

The New Zealand Yearbook of International Law (Brill) is an annual, internationally refereed publication. The Editors call for both short notes and commentaries, and longer in-depth articles, for publication in Volume 16 of the Yearbook (2018), which will be published in 2019.

Notes and commentaries should be between 3,000 to 7,000 words. Articles may be from 8,000 to 15,000 words.The Editors seek contributions on any current topic in public or private international law. The Editors particularly encourage submissions that are relevant to the Pacific, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and New Zealand.

Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. However, the closing date for submissions for Volume 16 is 31 May 2019.

Contributions must be original unpublished works and submission of contributions will be held to imply this. Manuscripts must be word-processed and in compliance with fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. The Guide is available online at:

Submissions should be provided in English, using MS Word-compatible word processing software, and delivered by email to the General Editor at

Job Vacancy: PhD/Research Assistant at the University of Cologne

The Institute for Private International and Comparative Law of the University of Cologne (Professor Mansel) is looking to appoint a Research Assistant (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) with knowledge of French, Italian, Dutch, or Spanish (edit: and who have completed a German State Exam in Law with an above-average degree). It is a part-time position with 19.92 hours per week (50%), which allows for the completion of a PhD thesis. Provided that the legal conditions are met, the remuneration will be based on pay group 13 TV-L. The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relationships. Women are expressly invited to apply and are given preferential treatment in accordance with the LGG NRW. Applications from severely disabled persons are welcome. They will be given preferential consideration if they are suitable for the position.

Interested candidates are invited to send their detailed application including the usual documents by 20 March 2019 to, for the attention of Professor Mansel.