Post Brexit: The Fate of Commercial Dispute Resolution in London and on the Continent

15:30-19:00 / 26 May 2016 (followed by a drinks reception)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Co-organised by

British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Sponsored by

Herbert Smith Freehills

This joint conference of the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law (Luxembourg) and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law looks at the potential impact of a Brexit on cross-border commercial dispute resolution and on the role of London as a center for international litigation and arbitration. Speakers will address selected questions such as the legal framework for the transitional period; the validity of choice of court agreements and future frequency of choice of court agreements in favour of English courts; the different approaches in England and under the Brussels I Recast as to parallel proceedings; the cross-border circulation of titles; the Swiss position as to commercial dispute resolution between Member States and third States. A roundtable discussion will place a particular focus on London's future as a centre for commercial dispute resolution post Brexit.

Confirmed participants


  • Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
  • Richard Fentiman, University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford
  • Marta Requejo Isidro, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
  • Trevor Hartley, London School of Economics
  • Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street
  • Tanja Domej, University of Zurich
  • Thomas Pfeiffer, University of Heidelberg
  • Paul Oberhammer, University of Vienna
  • Adam Johnson, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Martin Howe QC, 8 New Square
  • Karen Birch, Allen and Overy
  • Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute and former Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Deba Das, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The programme of the event is available here: Programme.

The event flyer can be downloaded here: Event Flyer

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Contact person:
Martina Winkel, Tel. (+352) 26 94 88 923
Max Planck Institute Luxemburg
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg