EAPIL Young Research Network

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.

Research Projects

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 is being organised by Tobias Lutzi (Germany), Ennio Piovesani (Italy), and Dora Rotar (Croatia). It will focus 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.

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 youngresearch@eapil.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:

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.

Tobias Lutzi, University of Cologne
Martina Melcher, University of Graz
Ennio Piovesani, University of Turin

Ivan Allegranti, University of Camerino
Caterina Benini, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan
Katažyna Bogdzevič (former: Mikša), Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius
Sandrine Brachotte, Sciences Po Law School, Paris
Ozlem Canbeldek Akin, Near East University
Claudia Cavicchioli, Linklaters
Zhen Chen, University of Groningen
Rui Dias, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra
Stefano Dominelli, University of Genoa
Paul Eichmüller, University of Vienna
Birgit van Houtert, Maastricht University
Tena Hoško, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
Katharina Kaesling, University of Bonn
Eva Kaseva, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, and St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo
Joanna Kolber, Strelia
Eva Litina, University of the Aegean
Léonard Maistriaux, NautaDutilh and UCLouvain
Armela Maxhelaku, Faculty of Law, University of Tirana
Marco Pasqua, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan
Martina Vivirito Pellegrino, Storari Law Firm
Priskila P. Penasthika, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Michiel Poesen, KU Leuven
Konstantinos Rokas, University of Nicosia
Dora Zgrabljić Rotar, University of Zagreb
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, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Dafina Sarbinova, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Jonathan Schenk, University of Antwerp
Benedikt Schmitz, University of Groningen
Manuel José Segovia González, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Office of the Legal Adviser
Athanassios Skontzos, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Esra Tekin, Dicle University
Willem Theus, KU Leuven
Johannes Ungerer, University of Oxford
Ece Uyanık, Kadir Has University
Eleni Varvarousi, Democritus University of Thrace
Simona Vilkelyte, Vilnius university
Phuong Thao Phan, Università degli Studi di Torino
Neža Pogorelčnik Vogrinc, Faculty of Law University of Ljubljana
Felix M. Wilke, University of Bayreuth
Anna Wysocka-Bar, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Awnrumpa Waiyamuk, Burapha University, Thailand
Wiebke Voß, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Alison Xu, Waseda University
Elizabeth Zorrilla, Hague Conference of Private International Law (HCCH)