IBA Conference on Hot Topics in European Cross- Border Commercial Disputes, Milan, September 11-12, 2014

This conference in Milan may be of interest to you. It is organized by the IBA Litigation Committee, and will cover these “hot topics”:

  • Brussels I Recast: New Rules on Jurisdiction and Enforcement – And What About Arbitration?
  • Enforcement of Choice-of Court Agreements: Solving Old Problems and Facing New Issues, From Torpedoes and Anti-Suit Injunctions to Unilateral Jurisdiction Clauses
  • Jurisdiction Topics in Cross-Border Financial Disputes: ECJ and National Recent Case Law

Here is a link to the programme and the registration details.

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English Language in German Courts: Any progress?

In March 2014, the proposal to allow English language proceedings in German courts has been re-introduced into the parliamentary process. It had become obsolete after last year’s election.* The draft legislation is more or less identical to the one proposed during the last parliamentary term, which had proceeded to an experts’ hearing in the Bundestag. 

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“Law Made in Germany” Symposium, Frankfurt, September 4, 2014

Law Made in Germany is an initiative to promote the use of German law in international commercial contracts. This initiative is largely a reaction to a similar initiative of the Law Society in England & Wales.

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Upper Chamber of German Parliament Against Investment Arbitration in US/EU TTIP

In today‘s session, the Upper Chamber (Bundesrat) of the German parliament discussed the state of the current negotiations of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)  between the European Union and the United States. In that context, several federal states tabled a resolution, which spoke out against the use of investment arbitration in the treaty. The resolution was adopted. In its relevant part, it reads as follows: Continue reading

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