EAPIL Young EU Private International Law Research Network

Background and Objective

Despite common rules, mutual interests, and similar challenges, a pan-European discussion of private international law issues among the ‘junior faculty’ is still missing. To fill this gap and to encourage the scientific discourse within the ‘junior faculty’, the Young EU Private International Law Research Network aims at providing a forum for young scholars where they have the possibility to meet and to exchange ideas on EU PIL irrespective of the constraints of academic hierarchy.

This purpose, of course, does not exclude the possibility of common projects between senior and junior faculty; on the contrary, this would be highly desirable. Nevertheless, the Network intends to provide a forum and opportunities for young scholars to get together, discuss ideas and develop independent projects in order to encourage pan-European research synergies already at an early research level.

The Young EU Private International Law Research Network was established in April 2019 in Würzburg and integrated into the European Association of Private International Law as an Activity of the EAPIL in 2020.


The first project of the Network dealt with the implementation of the ECJ/ECtHR case law related to the “recognition of status” in 16 EU Member States. It resulted in a conference and a workshop at the University of Würzburg in April 2019, and also lead to the establishment of the Network. Participants represented more than 20 jurisdictions and enthusiastically embraced the opportunity of such an enhanced exchange at the junior faculty level.

A second project focuses on “overriding mandatory provisions in autonomous private international law of the EU Member States”. The research outcomes should have been presented and discussed at a conference in March 2020 at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. This event was, however, postponed due to the Covid-19 situation.

Membership and Participation

Members can be PhD-students, postgraduate researchers and other academic staff, except full professors or equivalent in terms of student/PhD/post-doc supervising duties, and practitioners under the age of 45.

As the activities of the Network as individual projects on specific questions, each member may decide whether to actively participate in a particular project (e.g. by drafting a country report or delivering a lecture or presentation) or not. For each project, a ‘head of the project’ is responsible who organises the exchange in general, including the communication with the members regarding participation, the organisation of the related conference and/or workshop, and the publication of the research outcome. The member responsible for the project concerned may be assisted by other members and duties and responsibilities may be shared in accordance with the needs of the respective project.

We cordially invite junior scholars of universities or research institutions and young practitioners who are interested in the activity of the Network to join us. Any member of the Network will receive information on current and future projects, may participate at a particular project or even organise a project. To become a member, please contact us via e-mail (youngeupil@gmail.com).

Ideas for new projects and volunteers who want to lead a project are also highly welcome!


The persons currently responsible for the Research Network are MMag Dr. Martina Melcher, M.Jur (Oxon), assistant professor, University of Graz, Austria (martina.melcher@uni-graz.at) and Dr. habil. Tamás Szabados LL.M. (UCL), Ph.D., associate professor, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary (szabados@ajk.elte.hu).