The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg colloquium: Current challenges for EU cross-border litigation in a changing procedural environment


The colloquium will take place at the

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law
(4 rue Alphonse Weicker, 2721 Luxembourg)
Conference room 4th floor on Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 08:45 am

The 1968 Brussels Convention and its progeny have mainly been designed in reference to a classic cross-border case, with two opposing parties connected to different Member States. The 2012 recast of the Brussels Regulation remains largely indebted to this original setup. Time is already catching up with the Brussels Ibis Regulation, however. Today, the Brussels Regime is challenged by societal and technological changes, pushing the rules to their limits. Recent cases adjudicated by the Court of Justice in the field of data protection and competition law show that the current Regime does not entirely provide a satisfactory framework. Notable issues entail the plurality of parties, both as claimants and defendants, and considerations of public interest. Similar concerns can be raised in relation to consumer law and shareholder protection litigation. Against this backdrop, one can notice the emergence of online platforms that collect claims in order to facilitate cross-border litigation in these areas. At its 50th anniversary, can the Brussels Regime still provide an adequate response to today’s challenges?

The programme of the colloquium can be found here: Colloquium 26th September

We would be delighted to see you on this occasion and kindly ask you to send your registration request by e-mail to before 20th September 2018.

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