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Transatlantic Dialogues on Private International Law – Call for Papers

The University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research, UCILeR, Portugal, is an investigation center devoted to the analysis of the legal implications and possible solutions for societal challenges.

Knowing that the family and personal status have been going through profound changes in internal legislations and in the scope of international mobility, the organizing committee of the Seminar on Transatlantic dialogues on PIL: family and personal status on the move (consisting of Dulce Lopes, Guillermo Palao Moreno, Nicolas Nord and Paula Távora Vítor) decided to contribute to the ongoing discussions on those issues, by adding a clear and necessary intercontinental dimension to them.

The Seminar is intended to discuss topics related to novelties in the regulation and recognition of family and personal status, through a series of combined panels from colleagues from Europe and America, ranging from the more general issues such as Family and Personal Status and Registry, Family and Personal Status between Nationality and Habitual Residence, Family and Personal Status and Human Rights and Family and Personal Status and Best Interest of the Child, to the more specific topics on Name in Private International Law (How far should personal autonomy go?), Multiple Parenthood in Private International Law (Socio-affective ties and new family models), Gender in Private International Law (Should sex still be a part of the civil status?) and Poly Amorous Relationships in Private International Law (Going beyond polygamy?). 

Young Researchers are welcome to propose individual or co-authored presentations. These presentations should cover one of the above-mentioned themes or others closely related to them. Paper proposals shall fit into the objectives of the Seminar and will be selected according their innovative approach, academic soundness as well as to their contribution to the development of private international law studies.

Proposals should be submitted no later than 20 September 2023 by e-mail to and The proposals should include: the proposed title; an abstract of no more than 300 words; the participant’s name, function and affiliation; the indication if the paper is to be presented online or on-site.

The submission of paper abstracts and participation in the Seminar is free of charge. UCILeR does not cover expenses.

The conference will be held in a hybrid format – online and on-site – at the University of Coimbra. The papers selected by the conveners will be presented on 12 October 2o23.

Marion is law professor at Artois University (France)

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