Background and Objective
Despite common rules, mutual interests, and similar challenges, a pan-European discussion of private international law issues among ‘junior faculty’ has long been missing. To fill this gap and to encourage the academic discourse within the ‘junior faculty’, the EAPIL Young Research Network aims at providing a forum for young scholars where they have the possibility to meet and to exchange ideas on 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 Research Network intends to provide a forum for young scholars to get together, discuss ideas and develop independent projects in order to encourage pan-European research synergies already at an early career stage.
The 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 Research Network was organised by Susanne Gössl (Germany) and Martina Melcher (Austria). It focused on 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 (a conference report was published in IPRax 2019, 576), and also led to the formal establishment of the Research Network. Participants represented more than 20 jurisdictions and enthusiastically embraced the opportunity for such an enhanced exchange at the junior faculty level.
The second project, organised by Tamás Szabados (Hungary), focused on “overriding mandatory provisions in autonomous private international law of the EU Member States”. It resulted in a general comparative report based on various national reports drafted by young researchers. The main research outcomes – together with some selected, individual contributions to the topic (e.g. Overriding Mandatory Provisions in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Treatment of Mandatory Rules of Third Countries) – have been discussed at a Webinar hosted by ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in November 2020 and have been published in the ELTE Law Journal 2020/1.
The third project, organised by Tobias Lutzi (Germany), Ennio Piovesani (Italy), and Dora Rotar (Croatia), focused on the national rules on jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters over non-EU defendants, in light of the report envisioned in Article 79 Brussels Ia Regulation. The first drafts of these reports were discussed in an online workshop hosted by the University of Cologne in October 2021. The final versions were completed in early 2022 and served as the basis for the comparative report of the project heads, a first draft of which was presented in March 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. The full report was finally presented in May 2022 at a conference in Dubrovnik, which was hosted by the University of Zagreb with the generous financial support of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and the European Commission in Croatia. In addition to the presentation of the comparative report, the conference also featured two panels composed by members of the Network dedicated to specific aspects of the research project as well as contributions by senior researchers and a representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The results will be published in a dedicated volume of the Hart Studies in Private International Law series. In addition, opportunities to discuss the findings directly with the EU Commission and the Working Group on Jurisdiction of the Hague Conference are currently being scheduled.
The fourth project is being organised. It will focus on the question of recognition and enforcement (which is similar to the question of jurisdiction in that it is partly governed by the Brussels Ia Regulation and partly governed by national law).
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 Research Network are 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, one or several ‘head(s) of the project’ are responsible to organise the exchange in general, including the communication with the members regarding participation, 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 activities of the Research Network to join us. Any member of the Research Network will receive information on current and future projects, may participate at a particular project or even organise their own project. To become a member, please contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas for new projects and volunteers who want to lead a project are also highly welcome!
The EAPIL Young Research Network is currently chaired by:
- Tobias Lutzi, University of Augsburg, Germany (email@example.com);
- Ennio Piovesani, University of Turin, Italy (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Dora Zgrabljić Rotar, University of Zagreb, Croatia (email@example.com).
The Secretary of the Young Research Network is Marco Pasqua, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and LIUC University, Italy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
List of Members
The following list only contains those members who have agreed to the publication of their names; further details will only be made available by the chairs to other members upon consent.
Marco Pasqua, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and LIUC University
Elçin Aktan, İ.D. Bilkent University
Ivan Allegranti, University of Camerino
Karin Arnold, University of Tübingen
Caterina Benini, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan
Tess Bens, MPI Luxembourg
Katažyna Bogdzevič (former: Mikša), Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius
Sandrine Brachotte, Sciences Po Law School, Paris
Mathilde Brackx, Ghent University
Jonathan Brosseau-Rioux, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/McGill University
Martin Bulla, Trnava University
Ozlem Canbeldek Akin, Near East University
Claudia Cavicchioli, Linklaters
María Asunción Cebrián Salvat, Universidad de Murcia
Zhen Chen, University of Groningen
Rui Dias, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra
Stefano Dominelli, University of Genoa
Paul Eichmüller, University of Vienna
Yves El Hage, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3
Adrian Hemler, University of Konstanz
Tena Hoško, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
SunAh Jeong, Kim&Chang
Katharina Kaesling, University of Bonn
Eva Kaseva, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, and St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo
Moritz Benjamin Kocher, University of Zurich
Joanna Kolber, Strelia
Ilia Lassin, HCCH / Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Eva Litina, University of the Aegean
Soterios Loizou, King’s College London
Léonard Maistriaux, NautaDutilh and UCLouvain
Vassiliki Marazopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens/Hellenic Energy Exchange S.A.
Armela Maxhelaku, Faculty of Law, University of Tirana
Martina Melcher, University of Graz
Pauline Modra, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg/Max-Planck-Institute Luxembourg
Giedrius Ožiūnas, Professional Law Partnership RIDD Vilnius / Mykolas Romeris University
Manuel Penades Fons, King’s College London
Priskila P. Penasthika, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Phuong Thao Phan, University of Turin
Blas Piñar Guzmán, §yndēresis legal
Michiel Poesen, KU Leuven
Neža Pogorelčnik Vogrinc, Faculty of Law University of Ljubljana
Despoina Poutakidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Bettina Konstanze Rentsch, Free University of Berlin
Ioannis Revolidis, University of Malta
Konstantinos Rokas, University of Nicosia
Anna Ruiz, Genova Business School and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Georgia Sagri, Democritus University of Thrace
Sara Sánchez Fernández, IE University (Madrid, Spain)
Sofia Santinello, University of Padua
Dafina Sarbinova, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Benjamin Saunier, Paris-Panthéon-Assas University
Jonathan Schenk, University of Antwerp
Benedikt Schmitz, University of Groningen
Claas-Eike Seestädt, Arendt&Medernach
Manuel José Segovia González, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Office of the Legal Adviser
Athanassios Skontzos, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Sanja Stankovic, GiZ
Onerva-Aulikki Suhonen, University of Eastern Finland, Law School
Ferenc Szilágyi, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law
Esra Tekin, Dicle University
Willem Theus, KU Leuven
Johannes Ungerer, University of Oxford
Ece Uyanık, Kadir Has University
Birgit van Houtert, Maastricht University
Cedric Vanleenhove, Ghent University
Eleni Varvarousi, Democritus University of Thrace
Simona Vilkelyte, Vilnius university
Martina Vivirito Pellegrino, Storari Law Firm
Balázs Völcsey, ELTE-ÁJK, Hungary, Budapest
Awnrumpa Waiyamuk, Burapha University, Thailand
Felix M. Wilke, University of Bayreuth
Anna Wysocka-Bar, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Wiebke Voß, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Alison Xu, Waseda University
Natalja Žitkevitš, Independent researcher
Patricia Živković, School of Law, University of Aberdeen
Elizabeth Zorrilla, Hague Conference of Private International Law (HCCH)