Conference on the HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention


“The HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention: Cornerstones, Prospects, Outlook”

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Even though the pandemic situation seems to decrease in our part of the world, the University of Bonn remains very careful and will still not allow on-site events of a larger scale for the next months. We have therefore once again made the decision to reschedule the Conference (originally planned for the 25/26 September 2020, and already postponed to 13/14 September 2021) now to Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 September 2022. However, as there are reasonable expectations for the HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention to enter into force around that time, we are confident – especially with a view to the latest recommendations of the European Commission – that we will experience an even more focused and rewarding discussion on the topic.

The list of speakers includes internationally leading scholars, practitioners and experts from the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the European Commission (DG Trade, DG Justice). The Conference is co-hosted by the HCCH.

The Organizers will kindly ask participants to contribute with EUR 200.- to the costs of the event and with EUR 50.- to the conference dinner. There is a limited capacity for young scholars to contribute with EUR 100.-

Dates and Times:

Friday, 9 September 2022, and Saturday, 10 September 2022, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Universitätsclub Bonn, Konviktstraße 9, D – 53113 Bonn


Registration fee: EUR 200.-

To be transferred to the following account (you will receive confirmation of your registration only after payment was booked on this account):

Bonn Conference 2022, IBAN: DE71 5001 0517 0092 1751 07



Friday, 9 September 2022

8.30 a.m. Registration

9.00 a.m. Welcome notes

Prof Dr Wulf-Henning Roth, Director of the Zentrum für Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

Dr Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General HCCH

Part I: Cornerstones

1. Scope of application

Prof Dr Xandra Kramer, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

2. Judgments, Recognition, Enforcement

Prof Dr Wolfgang Hau, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany

3. Indirect jurisdiction

Prof Dr Pietro Franzina, Catholic University of Milan, Italy

4. Grounds for refusal

Dr Marcos Dotta Salgueiro, Adj. Professor of Private International Law, Law Faculty, UR, Uruguay; Director of International Law Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay

5. Trust management: Establishment of relations between Contracting States

Dr João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, First Secretary, HCCH / Dr Cristina Mariottini, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Law Luxemburg

1.00 p.m. Lunchbreak

Part II: Prospects for the World

1. The HCCH System for choice of court agreements: Relationship of the HCCH Judgments Convention 2019 to the HCCH 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

Prof Dr Paul Beaumont, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

2. The HCCH (Hague) System and the Brussels System: Relations to the Brussels and Lugano Regime

Prof Dr Marie-Élodie Ancel, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France

3. European Union

Andreas Stein, Head of Unit, DG JUST - A1 "Civil Justice", European Commission

4. North America

Michael Coffee, Trial Attorney, Office of Foreign Litigation, US Department of Justice (tbc)

5. South European Neighbouring and EU Candidate Countries

Prof Dr Ilija Rumenov, Associate Professor at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia

8.00 p.m. Conference Dinner (EUR 50.-)


Saturday, 10 September 2022

9.00 a.m. Part II continued: Prospects for the World

6. Middle East and North Africa (including Gulf Cooperation Council)

Prof Dr Beligh Elbalti, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics at Osaka University, Japan

7. Sub-Saharan Africa (including Commonwealth of Nations)

Prof Dr Abubakri Yekini, Lagos State University, Nigeria / Prof Dr Chukwuma Okoli, Postdoctoral Researcher in Private International Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, Netherlands

8. Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR)

Prof Dr Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, Director of Internationalisation, Senior Lecturer in International Private Law, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

9. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Prof Dr Adeline Chong, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, Singapore

10. China (including Belt and Road Initiative)

Prof Dr Zheng (Sophia) Tang, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom

1.00 p.m. Lunch Break

Part III: Outlook

1. Lessons from the Genesis of the Judgments Project

Dr Ning Zhao, HCCH

2. International Commercial Arbitration and Judicial Cooperation in civil matters: Towards an Integrated Approach

José Angelo Estrella-Faria, Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch, International Trade Law Division, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations; Former Secretary General of UNIDROIT

3. General Synthesis and Future Perspectives

Hans van Loon, Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Hague