The conference “How European is European Private International Law?” , organized in Berlin on the 2nd and 3rd March 2018 by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Basedow (Max Planck Institute Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Jan von Hein (University of Freiburg), Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Kieninger (University of Würzburg) and Prof. Dr. Giesela Rühl (University of Jena), aims 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.
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?
Bringing together academics and practitioners from all over Europe, the conference will provide a platform to answer those questions.
Prof. Dr. Giesela Rühl, LL.M. (Berkeley)
Faculty of Law
07743 Jena, Germany
Phone: + 49 (0) 3641 942160
Fax: + 49 (0) 3641 942162