Netherlands, Nijmegen

Private International Law within the European Union

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

Nowadays it is more and more common that legal relationships have cross-border character. We sign contracts with people who reside in another country, we work in international companies and we buy goods via Internet. We fall in love with foreigners, get married and move to another country to start living and working there. In every case like this there is one very important legal question that arises: which law is applicable to the given case?

Such cross-border legal relationships are even more common within the EU, which provides freedom of movement. In this context, different conflict of rules being in force in different Member States can be understood as an obstacle to freedom of movement. That is the reason why the EU tries to create unified private international law in some certain areas of private law, like contractual obligations or succession law.
But those EU activities are only a part of the bigger process, which has stated many decades ago, by states signing international agreement, mostly within other international organizations, which is The Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The detailed plan of the course:
1. Introduction: Role of the private international law and its basic Public international law vs private international law. Main sources of private international law.
2. Private International Law as a Part of European Integration: Cross-border legal relationships and Common Market of the EU competences to unify conflict of laws rules. The Hague Programme of 2004 and its implementation.
3. Unification of Private International Law on the International Level: The meaning of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). EU as a member of the Bilateral treaties.
4. Unified European Private International Law: Contractual obligations (Rome I Regulation). Non­ contractual obligations (Rome II Regulation). Maintenance obligations (Regulation 4/2009). Successions and wills (Regulation 650/2012). Divorces and legal separations (Regulation 1259/2010). Matrimonial property regimes {Regulation 2016/1103). Property consequences of registered partnerships {Regulation 2016/1104).
5. Jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements: In civil and commercial matters {Brussels I bis Regulation). In matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility (Brussels II bis Regulation).
6. Private International Law of the EU Members States: Matters being regulated by national legislation.
7. Private International Law as a Research Area: Practical

Course leader

Anna Wysocka-Bar
Assistant lecturer
Private International law Department,
Jagiellonian University, Poland

Ewa Kamarad
Research Assistant with PhD
Faculty of International and Political Studies, Institute of European Studies
Jagiellonian Universit

Target group

Advanced Bachelor, Master, PhD, Professional. The course is designed for students who are interested in legal matters, especially those with international elements. The main point of the course is to show how unification of private international law is a part of European Integration, by describing the reasons behind it and the results of it.
The course is also aimed for those students and professionals who want to have knowledge of the practical matters of choosing the right conflict of laws rule and applying it in order to find a law that will be applicable in the given case.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1. Understand the consequences of different legal orders in private law in different EU Member States.
2. Understand the process of unification of private international law as a part of the European
3. Indicate the role of the European Union in creating the unified conflict of laws
4. Find applicable rule on jurisdiction and predict which court will be right to hear the
5. Find applicable conflict of laws rule in and predict which law will be applicable in certain
6. Determine whether the judgement issued in one EU Member States will be recognized and enforced in another EU Member

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 510   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 450   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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