9:00 – 10:30 am: Plenary Session

Venue: Room W 101, Faculty of Law – Professor-Huber-Platz 2, 80539 Munich
Chairperson: Prof. Paul Beaumont

9:00  Regulation, Global Governance and Private International Law: Squaring the Triangle

Prof. Matthias Lehmann

University of Bonn


9:15 Is Private International Law International?

Prof. Ralf Michaels / Dr. Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm

Max Planck Institute Hamburg and Queen Mary University London / University of Edinburgh

Germany / United Kingdom

9:30 ‘Habitual Residence’ in Private International Law: Core Elements and Contextual Variability

Dr. Máire Ní Shúilleabháin

University College Dublin


9:45 An Empirical Review of China’s New Choice-of-Law Regime: In Search of Clear Guidelines?

Dr. King Fung Tsang

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

10:00 Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 am: Coffee break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Plenary Session

Venue: Room W 101, Faculty of Law – Professor-Huber-Platz 2, 80539 Munich
Chairperson: Prof. Jonathan Harris

11:00 (Re)Shaping the Principle of Party Autonomy under the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts

Prof. Toni Deskoski / Dr. Vangel Dokovski

Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje

North Macedonia

11:15 The Cross-border Flow of Non-Personal Data – A Private Law Perspective

Prof. Pietro Franzina

University of Ferrara


11:30 To Recognize or Not to Recognize – Is that the Right Question for Family Relationships?

Dr. Samuel Fulli-Lemaire

University Pantheon-Assas, Paris


11:45 Weaponizing the internet: From “fake news” to “libel tourism” in international civil litigation

Prof. Nikitas Hatzimihail / Prof. Arnaud Nuyts

University of Cyprus / Université Libre de Bruxelle

Cyprus / Belgium

12:00 Discussion

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm: Plenary Session: “Women and PIL”

Venue: Room W 101, Faculty of Law – Professor-Huber-Platz 2, 80539 Munich
Chairperson: Prof. Mary Keyes

Gender issues have given rise to very little interest, or critique, within private international law as compared to other legal disciplines. It is a matter of speculation whether or not the lack of feminist private international legal approaches is symptomatic of predominantly masculine scholarship, or a male bias in jurisprudence, or in the purported neutrality or distance that the field claims, traditionally, in respect of substantive law or real-world problems. This panel proposes a rich array of perspectives – historical, cultural, distributional, theoretical and philosophical – that are designed to spark further exploration of private international law’s relationship to gender.

2:00 A History of Gender and Methodological Reshuffling in Private International Law

Prof. Roxana Banu

University of Western Ontario


2:15 Women in Private International Law

Prof. Mary Keyes

Griffith University, Queensland


2:30 What Gender does to Private International Law (and Vice Versa)

Prof. Horatia Muir Watt

Ecole de droit Sciences-po Membre de l’IUF, Paris


2:45 Multiculturalism and Women in Conflict Laws

Prof. Yuko Nishitani

Kyoto University


3:00 Reminiscences of a traditional approach to women in recent European codifications

Prof. Marta Pertegás Sender

University of Antwerp / University of Maastricht

Belgium / Netherlands

3:15 Discussion

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Coffee break

4:00 – 5:30 pm: Plenary Session

Venue: Room W 101, Faculty of Law – Professor-Huber-Platz 2, 80539 Munich
Chairperson: Prof. Anatol Dutta

4:00 Harmonisation of the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgment rules in Asia

Dr. Adeline Chong

Singapore Management University


4:15 Future use of the HCCH Judgments Project in Brazil: the outcome of a survey carried out with local practitioners

Prof. Nadia de Araujo / Prof. Marcelo De Nardi



4:30 Control of foreign direct investments and private international law

Prof. Peter Mankowski

University of Hamburg


4:45 The Applicable Law to a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO)

Prof. Gerald Mäsch

University of Münster



5:00 Discussion


7:30 pm: Conference Dinner (optional – registration required)

The Conference Dinner takes place at the Georgenhof, a restaurant and beer garden close to the university with a long tradition in this part of the city called Schwabing where artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter used to dine. We will enjoy a combination of Bavarian specialties and modern cuisine, urban life and Bavarian Gemütlichkeit.

Address: Friedrichstraße 1, 80801 Munich (⇒ Google Maps)