EAPIL (Virtual) Seminar Series

The EAPIL (Virtual) Seminar Series was approved by the Scientific Committee in October 2020. It is meant to further the study and development of (European) Private International Law through English-language seminars on topical issues – outside the bi-annual EAPIL conferences. At the same time, the EAPIL (Virutal) Seminar Seminars shall serve as a means for EAPIL members to connect with other EAPIL members and with non-members.

Concept

The Seminar Series features two to three speakers who will present their views on the topic in short impulse statements followed by a discussion (90-120 minutes max in total). Invited speakers will represent the diversity of Europe in order to foster a trans-European dialogue on Private International Law.

The Seminars take place at least two times per year and are held via Zoom or a comparable platform. The Seminar Series is open for non-members. This means that non-members may be invited to present their ideas and that non-members may participate. They may also be invited (or apply) to organize individual seminars.

The first EAPIL (Virtual) Seminar is scheduled to take place on 11 December 2020. It will be devoted to the impact of Brexit on Private International Law. The speakers, from the United Kingdom and the European Continent, will analyze the legal framework that will apply to cross-border cases as of 1 January 2021, when the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement expires, and will discuss what the future relationship between the EU and the UK could and should look like. Special emphasis will be placed on the question of whether the EU and the UK should strive to adopt a new – bespoke – bilateral agreement (or whether it should simply join existing international conventions).

Responsible members

The activity is currently organized by the Secretary General, Giesela Rühl. The choice of the topics and the speakers is made by an Organisation Committee that currently consists of Gilles Cuniberti, Pietro Franzina, Morten Fogt and Apostolos Anthimos.

All EAPIL members are invited to make proposals for topics and to take over the organisation of individual seminars (“special issues”).

Please, write for this to Giesela Rühl at secretary.general@eapil.org.