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Summer Course on Cross-Border Civil Litigation

Visit to the European Court of Justice included


This summer course will introduce legal practitioners to the law and practice of cross-border civil litigation within the EU and beyond.

A variety of different EU instruments (including the relevant case law) will be discussed, inter alia the Brussels Ia Regulation, the European Enforcement Order, the (new) European Payment Order and Small Claims Procedure, the European Account Preservation Order, the Regulation on the Service of Documents and Taking of Evidence and Alternative Dispute Resolution including mediation and ODR within the EU. Speakers will provide hands-on experience and give hints which procedure to choose in a given situation. They will also address the issue of cross-border civil litigation with the UK after Brexit.

Key topics include

  • Which court has jurisdiction?
  • Service of documents and taking of evidence
  • Cross-border enforcement of judgments
  • Specific procedures that help to obtain a judgment abroad faster and more easily
  • Freezing monies in bank accounts abroad
  • Alternative and Online Dispute Resolution
  • Civil litigation after Brexit

Participants will be able to deepen their knowledge through exercises and daily workshops in which active participation is encouraged.


Who should attend?

The course is aimed at legal practitioners seeking a thorough introduction to the various instruments in EU civil law and the different methods of cross-border debt recovery within the EU and beyond.

Social programme

After a day's intensive training, enjoy our varied social programme: the course dinner with fellow participants, wine-tasting in the Mosel vineyards and a tour of the historic city of Trier.

Visit to the European Court of Justice

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.



Geert Van Calster, Solicitor, Member of the Belgian Bar; Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Private International Law, KU Leuven

Angelika Fuchs, Head of Section ‘European Private Law’, Academy of European Law (ERA), Trier

Sarah Garvey, Counsel, Allen & Overy, London

Brian Hutchinson, Arbitrator, Mediator, Barrister, GBH Dispute Resolution Consultancy; Associate Professor, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Jens Kleinschmidt, Professor of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law, University of Trier

Xandra Kramer, Professor of Private Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor of Private International Law at Utrecht University; Deputy Judge at the District Court of Rotterdam

Stefanie Spancken, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf

Maarja Torga, Consultant, Supreme Court of Estonia, Tartu


24 Jun 2019 @ 11:00 am

28 Jun 2019 @ 01:00 pm

Duration: 4 days, 2 hours


ERA Congress Centre

Metzer Allee 5



Organised by

Academy of European Law (ERA)

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