The New Litigation Landscape:

International Commercial Courts and the Coordination of Cross-Border Proceedings

Monday, 14 October 2019

This one-day conference shall address four major topics:

  • The establishment of commercial courts around the globe specializing in cross-border disputes of high value.
  • The new framework of global traditional cooperation established by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
  • The impact of Brexit on commercial cross-border litigation in Europe.
  • The role of Luxembourg in the new litigation landscape.


09:00    Welcome coffee
09:30I. Introduction
Speaker:        Prof. Marta Requejo Isidro (European Court of Justice)
10:00II. International Commercial Courts and Procedural Innovations
- A common law phenomenon?
- E-Justice in the commercial courts
Speaker:        Sir William Blair (Queen Mary University of London)
Respondent: Dr. Dory Reiling (Senior Judge (ret.), District Court Amsterdam)
11:00Coffee break
11:30III. International Commercial Courts and Party Autonomy
- Copying arbitration to court proceedings: How far can we go?
- Party autonomy and residual features of court proceedings
- International Commercial Courts: New actors for “lex mercatoria”
Speaker:        Prof. Maxi Scherer (Queen Mary University of London)
12:00IV. International Commercial Courts and Global Judicial Cooperation
- The 2005 Hague Choice of Court Convention
- The 2019 Hague Judgments Convention
- Informal co-operation between commercial courts
Speaker:        Prof. Gilles Cuniberti (University of Luxembourg)
Respondent: Dr. Cristina M. Mariottini (Senior Research Fellow, MPI Luxembourg)
13:00Lunch break
13:45V. Historical Precursor? The Mixed Courts of Egypt, 1875-1949
Speaker:        Dr. Michel Erpelding (Senior Research Fellow, MPI Luxembourg)
14:15VI. Brexit, Commercial Courts and the Brussels Systems
- Regulatory competition within the Brussels Ibis regime
- Expedited proceedings for commercial actors?
- The outgoing perspective: The United Kingdom as a Third State
Speaker:        Prof. Burkhard Hess (MPI Luxembourg)
Respondent: Dr. Kieran Bradley (Former Special Adviser on Brexit, European Court of Justice)
15:15Coffee break
15:30VII. Roundtable / Open Discussion
- International Commercial Courts: An option for Luxembourg and other EU Member States?
Chair:             Sir Wiliam Blair (Queen Mary University of London)
Speakers:     Dr. Peter Werner (Senior Counsel, International Swaps & Derivates Association)
                        Mr. Thierry Hoscheit (First Vice-President, District Court Luxembourg)
                        Ms. Véronique Hoffeld (Partner, Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg)
17:00End of the conference


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

This conference is free of charge.

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