EAPIL Working Group Overseeing the EAPIL Winter School

Chair and contact

Silvia Marino (silvia.marino@uninsubria.it).

Type of Group

Working Group with a limited number of participants.

Current members

  • Silvia Marino, University of Insubria
  • Javier Carrascosa González, University of Murcia
  • Anna Wysocka-Bar, Jagiellonian University of Krakow

Advisory Board

  • Marta Requejo Isidro, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Tobias Lutzi, University of Augsburg
  • Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, University of Edinburgh
  • Susanne Gössl, University of Bonn
  • Paula Poretti, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek

Mission statement

The work of the group focuses on activities related to the EAPIL Winter School, which will take place annually at the University of Insubria (Como, Italy). The Winter School is supposed to be a platform for education, sharing of experiences and discussion on new trends in European Private International Law, particularly regarding civil judicial cooperation and the HCCH works. The School constitutes a response to the constant changes in this field, allowing young scholars and practitioners to gain up-to-date knowledge.

The Winter School is mainly targeted to PhD students, young scholars, and young practitioners and tailored for students from EU Member States and other European countries; yet European Private International Law lovers are welcome! The Winter School has the ambition of training a new class of future experts in European Private International Law through classic face-to-face lessons, case law analysis, debates, workshops, and moot courts. The active involvement of participants will enhance their advocacy and legal research skills, encouraging teamwork and exchange of opinions, giving them the opportunity to put their learning into practice.

Challenges and aims

The EAPIL Winter School aims to:

  • A high-profile education on the currently most interesting and innovative topic in European Private International Law: therefore, the Winter School subject matter will change every year, based on the issues that can be particularly interesting under theoretical perspectives or for the practice, or new, due to legislative innovations or case law, or modern, due to the outbreak of new social or legal need.
  • Discussion and debate on the annual subject matter, with renowned Lectures and Moderators.

The lecturers are Professors qualified in European Private International Law, Private International Law and European Union Law, Judges, at national, European level or international Courts, as well as practising lawyers.

  • Establishment of new relationships among universities and between universities and institutions, which should last outside and after the Winter School framework and result in common future academic projects and/or publications.
Scope and approach

The Group will work on the annual subject matter of the Winter School, the choice of the topic of lessons and the choice and invitation of speakers. Moreover, it will ensure that all these elements are subject to quality control and evaluation, just as the Winter School itself, as well as that the whole project implementation is of high quality and completed on time.

The described approach will allow participants to benefit from the variety of teaching methods, including the discussion of legal acts, case studies, moot courts, stimulating lectures and the presence of a highly qualified international teaching staff. The presence of transnational and multi-professional teaching staff will also give participants the opportunity to interact with experts in European Private International Law during the week of lectures and to establish relationships beyond the Winter School, externally and on a long-term basis.

The possibility to take part in the Working Group, participate, support and cooperate with its members, remains open to all other interested EAPIL members, in the frame of its aim and objectives.


The Winter School was established in October 2023. The first edition is to take place in February 2024. For more information, see here.