POAM Project International Experts’ Workshop on Rethinking the Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Domestic Violence and Parental Child Abduction
On 19 June 2020, the Centre for Private International Law, represented by the Aberdeen POAM research team, hosted the International Experts’ Workshop on Rethinking the Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Domestic Violence and Parental Child Abduction. The workshop, which was originally due to be held in Milan on 27 March 2020 but was rescheduled on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The experts workshop brought together 40 experts from 10 countries (the UK, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Serbia and Slovenia). The experts included distinguished judges (from the Supreme Court to the Court of First Instance, and to include Hague Network Judges – from the UK this included Sir Mathew Thorpe, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Brailsford), academics including professors, practitioners, Government officials including the Central Authority, National Points of Contact and experts from the HCCH and the European Commission. The experts’ workshop was of key value to the project as it allowed for meaningful discussions around a carefully prepared information document which reflected the draft Best Practice Guide.
The event received hugely positive feedback from participants who praised the excellence and skillfulness of putting together a virtual international event in these challenging times. The workshop programme is available on the POAM project website for further information.
Building Families Through Surrogacy: a stakeholder event on the reform of UK law at the University of Aberdeen with the Law Commissions
The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission are undertaking a joint legislative project, the objective of which is to reform the UK laws on surrogacy, including taking account of cross-border surrogacy cases. As part of this law reform project the Commissions are seeking to consult relevant stakeholders, including interested academics and legal practitioners, but also members of general public. The Centre for Private International Law (Dr Katarina Trimmings) has organised a joint stakeholder event with the Law Commissions in Aberdeen. For further details, please see here.
Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Intersection between Domestic Violence and Parental Child Abduction - POAM Project Workshops
On 28 May and 29 May 2019, the Centre for Private International Law hosted two one-day workshops on domestic violence and parental child abduction, as part of the EU-funded POAM project. The workshops were organised by Dr Katarina Trimmings (Principal Investigator), Dr Isla Callander (Co-Investigator) and Dr Onyoja Momoh (Research Assistant). The events brought together esteemed judges, legal practitioners, academics and other stakeholders such as charities, NGOs, the police and local authorities, and facilitated the exchange of knowledge and practical experience amongst these specialists. For further details, please see here.
The Use of Blockchain Technology in Cross-Border Legal Cooperation
Dr Florian Heindler (Sigmund Freud University, Vienna) and Dr Burcu Yüksel (Centre for Private International Law, Aberdeen) delivered a joint research seminar on blockchain and cross border legal cooperation as part of the Law School Research Seminar Series on 27 March 2019. They discussed whether and how the blockchain technology can be used under some of the existing Hague Conventions and which benefits it can offer in cross-border legal cooperation. They also shared some recent developments in the Hague Conference on the issue. The seminar was concluded by Q&A session. For further details, please see here.
Workshop: Reform of EU law on Defamation
On 4 March 2019, the Centre for Private International Law hosted a workshop on the reform of EU law on defamation. The workshop was organised by Dr Justin Borg-Barthet and brought together global press freedom NGOs, journalists, representatives of EU institutions, and legal scholars, with a view to highlighting and addressing the weaknesses in defamation law which allow powerful entities to suppress freedom of expression. For further details, please see here.
Unity in Diversity in Private International Law Workshop
The Centre for Private International Law hosted a workshop entitled ‘Unity in Diversity in Private International law’ on Monday 27th February in C49 from 11am until 4pm. The keynote address was given by Professor Ralf Michaels from Duke University, with additional speakers Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, University of Edinburgh, Maria Blanca Noodt Taquela, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Laura Carballo Piñeiro, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and Paul Beaumont.
Visiting speaker Dr Ardavan Arzandeh: ‘Origins of the Scottish Forum Non Conveniens’
Dr Ardavan Arzandeh from the University of Bristol made a presentation on ‘Origins of the Scottish Forum Non Conveniens’ at the Centre for Private International Law Meeting on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 1pm.
EUPILLAR Project Workshop on ‘Cross-Border Litigation in Europe: European and British Perspectives on the Private International Law Legislative Framework, Juridical Experience and Practice’
On 17 April 2015, the Centre for Private International Law hosted the kick-off workshop of the EUPILLAR Project. The event took place at the University of Aberdeen, King’s College Conference Centre on between 9am and 5.50pm, and the workshop programme can be found here.
Visiting Speaker Professor Symeon Symeonides: ‘Private International Law Codification in a Changing World’
On 20 November 2014, the Centre for Private International Law was honoured by the visit of Professor Symeon Symeonides from the Willamette University in the United States. Professor Symeonides gave a talk on ‘Private International Law Codification in a Changing World’.
Visiting Speaker Mr Oliver Parker: ‘The Experience of a Government Private International Lawyer’
On 30 April 2014, the Centre for Private International Law welcomed a visiting speaker, Mr Oliver Parker, who is a retired Legal Adviser on Private International Law in the UK Ministry of Justice, and an Associate Member of the Centre. Mr Parker gave a stimulating talk on the lessons learned from his experience working as a Legal Adviser on Private International Law in the Ministry for twenty years.
The Future of Private International Law in Scotland and its Relationship with Scots Law: the Law of Maintenance
From 14th to 15th April 2014, the Centre for Private International Law run a workshop on the future of Private International Law in Scotland and its relationship with Scots Law, with the focus on the law of maintenance. The aim of the workshop was to help integrate knowledge of Private International Law in Scotland with the underlying substantive law. The workshop was designed in a way that allowed Scots Private International Law lawyers and Scots substantive lawyers to learn from each other.
International Workshop on National Approaches to Surrogacy
From 30 August to 1 September 2011 the Centre for Private International Law hosted an ‘International Workshop on National Approaches to Surrogacy’. The event was organized by Dr Trimmings and Professor Paul Beaumont as part of their Nuffield-funded project ‘International Surrogacy Arrangements: An Urgent Need for a Legal Regulation at the International Level’. The Workshop brought together specialists from 22 jurisdictions to share information on their domestic approaches to surrogacy. For further details, please see here.