The First Postgraduate Law Conference of the Centre for Private International Law

The First Postgraduate Law Conference of the Centre for Private International Law

The Centre for Private International Law (CPIL) of the University of Aberdeen is pleased to host its first postgraduate conference, which is to be held on 17 November 2021. The Postgraduate Law Conference aims to bring together early career scholars working in the private international law field or at the intersection of European Union law and private international law. The purpose is for scholars to present their research before esteemed peers with relevant expertise and also to receive valuable feedback for further development from academic experts.

The Conference will take place on 17th November 2021 on Microsoft Teams, starting at 10am GMT. The Conference will be divided into 5 panels, centred around the following thematic areas: Dispute Resolution, Transnational Commercial Law, International Family Law, Cross-border Surrogacy and EU Private International Law. Each panel will feature up to 4 speakers, with a combined allocated time of 1 hour 20 minutes of presentation time and 40 minutes of Q&A. Attendees can register to one or more panels through the registration forms at the bottom of this page. 

Programme of the Conference

10:00-12:00 Dispute Resolution - Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues 

Moderators: Dr. Patricia Živković and Konstantina Kalaitsoglou

Expert scholars: Prof. Abbe Brown, University of Aberdeen; Dr. Nevena Jevremović, University of Aberdeen; Prof. Eleni Moustaira, University of Athens; Dr. Boris Praštalo, International University of Sarajevo.

Ahmet Galip Kaplan and Aygun Mammadzada (University of Hamburg and University of Southampton), 'Dispute Resolution in Maritime Contracts: Arbitration and Jurisdiction Clauses' 

Paraskevi Karra (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), 'Jurisdictional Issues around Cryptocurrency and Blockchain' 

Giuliana Lampo (University of Naple Federico II), 'Public Policy and Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration: Challenges to the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards' 

Wilson Lui (University of Oxford), 'Harmonisation of Jurisdiction in Cross-Border Intellectual Property Cases' 

 10:00-12:00 Cross-Border Surrogacy: Private International Law Tools and Perspectives


Moderators: Dr. Onyója Momoh and Magdalena Zabrocka

Expert scholars: Dr. Tena Hoško, University of Zagreb; Dr. Sonali Kusum, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; Dr. Katarina Trimmings, University of Aberdeen. 

Saif Rasul Khan (Gauhati University), 'Citizenship of Children: Transnational Surrogacy in India with Reference to Baby Manji Case'

Ziyana Nazeemudeen (University of Aberdeen), 'Regulating Cross-Border Surrogacy Arrangements: Lessons Learnt from the UK and India and a Way Forward for Sri Lanka'

Apoorva Pathak (South Asian University), 'Ban on Surrogacy in India: A critique'  

12:00-12:30 Break

12:30-14:30 Arbitrability and Substantive Law Issues in International Commercial and Consumer Matters


Moderators: Dr. Patricia Živković and Konstantina Kalaitsoglou

Expert scholars: Dr. Claudio Lombardi, KIMEP University; Prof. Livia Oglio, Università Cattolica; Prof. John Paterson, Univerisity of Aberdeen; Dr. Velimir Živković, University of Warwick. 

Lucas Clover Alcolea (Cornell University), 'Arbitral Activism and Choice of Law under the ICSID Convention'

Zhen Chen (University of Groningen), 'Consumer Contracts, Weaker Party Protection, Classification, the Notion of Consumer or Consumer Contract'

Erman Eroğlu (Social Sciences University of Ankara), 'Arbitrability of Competition Law Disputes: Arbitration of Merger Disputes'

Adrian Hemler (University of Konstanz), 'Improving Cross-Border Accountability of Multinational Corporations by Applying Foreign Public Law'

12:30-14:30 International Family Law in Changing Times and the Growing Importance of PIL


Moderators: Dr. Katarina Trimmings and Benedetta Lobina

Expert scholars: Dr. Thalia Kruger, University of Antwerp; Dr. Ruth Lamont, University of Manchester; Ass. Prof. Máire Ní Shúilleabháin, UCD; Prof. Mirela Župan, University of Osijek. 

Arthur Paku Ottolini Balbani (University of São Paulo), 'The Usage of Educational Information and Databases as Mechanisms to Increase Effectiveness of The Hague’s Children Convention on Child Abduction Objectives and its Judicial Procedures'

Armina Čunjalo (University of Zenica), 'Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on International Child Abduction and Cases Related to Art 13 of the Hague Convention 1980'

Denisa Docaj (University of Milan), 'Private International Law Issues Arising from Brexit: The Rules on Lis Pendens and Dependent Actions in Family Matters'

Le Xuan Tung (Institute of Legal Studies, Ministry of Justice, Vietnam), 'The Accession to and Implementation of Hague Children’s Conventions: Challenges, Opportunities, Recommendations – A Case of Vietnam'

14:30-15:00 Break

15:00-17:00 EU Private International Law 


Moderators: Dr. Justin Borg-Barthet and Benedetta Lobina

Expert scholars:

Michelle Casi (University of Milan), 'Adaptation of a Measure or an Order not Known in the Member State Addressed under Art. 54 Reg. (EU) No 1215/2012'

Victoria Garin Giménez (European University Institute), 'Conflicts of Laws and Interpersonal Justice' 

Zuzana Vlachová (Masaryk University in Brno), 'Infringement of Copyright with a Cross-border Element – Applicable Law'

Magdalena Zabrocka (University of Aberdeen), 'Citizenship by Investment Schemes in the EU – the Concept of Citizenship v the Sale of It'


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University of Aberdeen
The conference will take place online

For enquiries, please contact Ms Benedetta Lobina at 

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