PIL for a better world: Vision – Reality – Aberration?

PIL for a better world: Vision – Reality – Aberration?

German Conference for Young PIL Scholars, 18/19 March 2021

On 18 and 19 March 2021, the third German Conference for Young Private International Law Scholars will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.

We are particularly happy that Angelika Nußberger, former judge of the European Court of Human Rights, has agreed to deliver the keynote lecture of the conference.

We are equally grateful to Roxana Banu (Queen Mary University of London), Hans van Loon (former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law) and Ralf Michaels (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law), who have agreed to participate in the concluding panel discussion.

Conference Theme

The provocative title “PIL for a better world: Vision – Reality – Aberration?” (“IPR für eine bessere Welt: Vision – Realität – Irrweg?”) aims to draw attention to the changing role of PIL and its potential to bring about societal change. We seek to address and question the conflicting expectations towards a field of law which is supposedly neutral but is increasingly expected to achieve political goals.

We are looking forward to contributions which take up the tension inherent in the theme of the conference. A variety of questions may be addressed in this context. Should PIL, for instance, be used to achieve societal change? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such an approach? Does such an approach amount to an unacceptable departure from the neutrality of PIL? We deliberately apply a broad understanding of PIL, including questions of international procedural law, arbitration law as well as uniform law.

Speakers are invited to present a short paper of approximately 20 minutes which will later be published in a conference volume with Mohr Siebeck. While the conference will mainly be held in German, English proposals and presentations are also welcome. The deadline for submission is 20 September 2020. Please send your application to .

Please see the Call for Papers for a more detailed description and the formalities of a submission.


Registrations for the conference are already possible under – independent of an application for a presentation.

Konrad Duden
Christiane von Bary
Kristin Boosfeld
Florian Heindler
Nicola Kleinjohann
Tobias Lutzi
Alix Schulz
Christine Toman
Denise Wiedemann
Felix M. Wilke

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