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2018-02-doc3 50 years Brussels I

On March 23, 2018, at the University of Leuven, a celebration takes place of the 50th year since the adoption of the 1968 Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, now Brussel I Recast. The Convention introduced and facilitated the free movement of judgments in the EU and helped to lay the foundations for the developments in European private international law (PIL) which have occurred since. Once PIL was obscure, now it forms the core of every cross-bor commercial relation or litigaton. The event is co-organised by Leuven Law’s Institute of Private International Law and Jura Falconis, KU Leuven’s student law review. Some eight topics will be presented and discussed, surrounding the European procedural rules on jurisdiction and enforcement of civil judgments (Brussels I Recast), including the future direction of EU private international law both for civil and commercial matters, provisional measures as well as ADR and Brussels I, the extra-EU application of European private international law, the relation between the Insolvency Regulation and Brussels I (see recently the 20 December 2017 case of Re CJEU C-649/16 Peter Valach & Ors v Waldviertel Sparkasse Bank AG & Ors ( and the relation with the Hague Judgments Project. The conference ends with the future (the current European Commission agenda for the development of European private international law) and ends in a bit of a minor key (the relationship between the UK and the EU post Brexit). In all, an interesting event, not to be missed by students, scholars, judges and practitioners. Further information via