Asser yearly Private International Law meeting

Published 25 May 2015

On the 21st of May, 2015, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised its yearly Private International Law meeting. The meeting was attended by a number of scholars in the field, as well as representatives of ministries and the Hague Conference on Private International law.


After a welcome by prof.dr. Vesna Lazic, the first part of the programme consisted of presentations of two speakers, namely prof. dr. Jinske Verhellen of the University of Ghent and prof. dr. Gilles Cuniberti of the University of Luxembourg. Both presentations concerned empirical studies on party autonomy in private international law. Ms Verhellen focused on the freedom to choose the applicable law on divorce in Belgian private international law and examined whether the aims of the Belgian Code of Private International Law, i.e.,  promoting international harmony and reinforcing cultural ties, where were attained in practice. Mr Cuniberti studied the choice of the applicable law in arbitration by analysing case law and data from arbitral institutions in order to find out what law is mostly chosen as the law applicable to the merits. Afterwards, the results of these studies were discussed, especially the use of empirical methods in private international law research.


During the second part of the programme, all those present gave an overview of their activities and projects they were engaged with.  A debate arose on the current state of affairs on research and education in private international law and the possibilities for cooperation between private international law scholars. Those present widely agreed that it would be a good idea to invite legal practitioners and foreign scholars to next year’s Private International Law meeting. The meeting was concluded by setting a date for next year’s meeting.