Berlin, 2 and 3 March 2018


Over the course of the last decades the European legislature has adopted a total of 18 Regulations in the area of private international law (including civil procedure). The resulting substantial degree of legislative unification has been described as the first true Europeanisation of private international law and even as a kind of "European Choice of Law Revolution". However, until today it is largely unclear whether the far-reaching unification of the "law on the books" has turned private international law into a truly European "law in action": To what extent is European private international law actually based on uniform European rules common to all Member States rather than on state treaties or instruments of enhanced cooperation? Is the way academics and practitioners analyze and interpret European private international law really different from previously existing domestic approaches to private international law? Or is the actual application and interpretations of European private international law rather still influenced or even dominated by national legal traditions, leading to a defragmentation of a supposedly uniform body of law?

With this conference we aim to shed light on the present lack of "Europeanness" of European private international law and to discuss how European private international law can become more truly European in the future.

We cordially invite you to join us in Berlin for the occasion and look forward to fruitful and productive discussions.

Prof. Jürgen Basedow
Prof. Jan von Hein
Prof. Eva-Maria Kieninger
Prof. Giesela Rühl