Guest Lecture Hans Van Loon on Private International Law - 20 April, 2017


Hans van Loon, former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, will give a guest lecture in the Advanced Study ‘Private International Law’ on Thursday 20 April 2017.

The title of his lecture at our faculty is ‘Global unification of private international law: from where and to where? The example of the judgments project’.
The lecture will, in a first part, focus on the impact of globalisation and regional integration and cooperation on the development of private international law through the lens of the Hague Conference and its accomplishments. What are the dynamics of this changing environment, and what role is there for private international law at the global level? How has it affected priorities, working methods, negotiations, and drafting techniques of the Hague Conference?
Following this overview, the lecture will zoom in on the ongoing negotiations at the Hague Conference on a new global multilateral treaty on  the recognition and enforcement of judgments relating to civil or commercial matters, including its background, scope, bases of jurisdiction, grounds of refusal of recognition and enforcement, and relation to existing instruments in the field. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with the students. 


Hans van LoonHans van Loon has been the Hague Conference's Secretary General from 1996 to 2013. He joined the Secretariat of the Hague Conference in 1978. Until 1996 he also acted as Secretary of the Netherlands Standing Government Committee on Private International Law, which involved him in the first stages of the codification of Dutch private international law (Civil Code, Book X). He is a member of the Institut de Droit International and is doctor honoris causa of the University of Osnabrück. He is also a Member of the European Group of Private International Law and is an honorary Member of the Asociación Americana de Derecho Internacional Privado. Hans van Loon has published widely, and lectured worldwide on the Hague Conference and its work at universities and academic institutions and has (co-)organized seminars on subjects such as the outlook for private international law after the fall of the Berlin Wall, damage to the environment, human rights, Islamic law, cross-border family relations, Internet and E-commerce.


You are invited to attend this lecture which will take place from 10h to 11h30 at Aud A of the University Ghent School of Law.

If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to

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