Current Research in Private International Law

Current Research in Private International Law

Guest lecture Advocate General Maciej Szpunar: New challenges to the Territoriality of EU Law

  • Date: Jan 13, 2021
  • Time: 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)

About the speaker:

Maciej Szpunar is Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). He obtained his LL.M. from the College of Europe, Bruges (1996). AG Szpunar is a member of the European Group for Private International Law and the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group'). He is an associated member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and serves on the Board of Trustees at the ERA in Trier. He is the president of the Polish Association of European Law. Maciej Szpunar was the Undersecretary of State at the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008-09) and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-13).

He authored the AG opinions for the two landmark cases Google v CNIL (C-507/17) and Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook Ireland Limited (C-18/18).


About the topic:

The Emergence of the internet has substantially altered the concept of territoriality, completely blurring the distinction between territoriality and extraterritoriality. Obviously, this phenomenon has a potential impact on both jurisdiction rules and conflict of laws rules. As regards EU law in particular, this newly emerged conundrum becomes even more problematic. Here, the concept of territoriality overlaps with the difficulties, intrinsic to EU law, stemming from the division of competences between the Union and its Member States. The decisions of the Court of Justice in Google (Territorial scope of de-referencing) and in Glawischnig-Piesczek are first illustrations of this phenomenon and the challenges that come along.


About the virtual workshop series:

The virtual workshop series “Current Research in Private International Law" is organised by Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels and Christine Toman. The series features guest speakers and Institute staff members who present and discuss their work on current developments and research topics in private international law. The workshops are geared to scholars who are researching in the field of private international law, but attendance is open to all individuals having an academic interest (including doctoral candidates and students).


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