Colloquium at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg

Current challenges for EU cross-border litigation in a changing procedural environment

WEDNESDAY, 26 September 2018

08:45 Welcome and registration
09:00 Opening address by Burkhard Hess (Director, MPI Luxembourg)
09:15 Panel 1: Beyond actor sequitur forum rei
Chair: Séverine Menétrey (Professor, Université du Luxembourg)

Etienne Farnoux
(PhD, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) 
Towards the jurisdictional protection of the alleged victim in cross-border torts?

Lucilla Galanti
(PhD, Università di Bologna) 
CJEU case law and forum connexitatis: how to improve the close connection criterion?


10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Panel 2: Collective Redress
Chair: Michal Bobek (Advocate General, CJEU)

Cinzia Peraro (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Cross-border collective redress: Horizontal vs sectoral approach

Discussants: Dr. Stephanie Law and Janek Nowak (both MPI Luxembourg)

12:45 Lunch
13:40 Asaël Rouby (Fond National de la Recherche)
Presentation of the FNR funding activities
13:45 Panel 3: Internet: Disruptor or facilitator?
Chair: Andrew Dickinson (Professor, University of Oxford)

Tobias Lutzi (University of Oxford)
Casting the net – Has the Court of Justice’s approach to online torts made the Brussels framework fit for the internet age?

Alina Ontanu (PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Encoding Justice: The quest for facilitating access to justice by e-handling of cross-border litigation. The example of European uniform procedures


15:15 Coffee break
15:45 Panel 4: The Brussels regime and political questions
Chair: Juliane Kokott (Advocate General, CJEU)

Zuzanna Witek (Uniwersytet Wrocławski)
Loss of mutual trust as a ground for refusal of mutual recognition in the framework of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – Problem analysis on the example of the judiciary crisis in Poland


16:30 Closing remarks by by Geert Van Calster (Professor, KU Leuven)

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send your reservation request with your contact details (first name, surname and affiliation) to or contact Martina Winkel: (+352) 26 94 88 923.

The participation is free of charge.

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Conference room 4th floor
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg