Choice Architecture in Democracies – Behavioural Economics Meets Constitutional Law. Verfassungsblog Conference, January 13/14, 2015, Berlin

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“Nudging” is all the rage in German government. The concept of designing choice architectures for consumers was developed by University of Chicago economist Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein in their 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness”.  Heiko Maas, the Federal Minister of Justice, last month ran a conference with Cass Sunstein on the art of nudging and Angela Merkel, the chancellor, recently hired a bunch of behavioural economists to help her design better policies. Verfassungsblog, Germany’s blawg on matters constitutional, has organized an interdisciplinary conference on the topic. It kicks off with a lecture by Cass Sunstein tonight. Continue reading

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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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