Interactions IPR & Migration Law

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On 20 June 2017, the European Parliament organized a workshop entitled 'Potential and challenges of private international law in the current migratory context'. During this workshop two studies were presented in which the following TEE (Trans Europe Experts) academics had collaborated:

Prof. dr. Sabine Corneloup (coordinator), University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France; Prof. dr. Bettina Heiderhoff, University of Münster, Germany; Prof. dr. Costanza Honorati, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy; Prof. dr. Fabienne Jault-Seseke (coordinator), University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, France; Prof. dr. Thalia Kruger, University of Antwerp, Belgium; Prof. dr. Caroline Rupp, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany; Hans van Loon, former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and Prof. dr. Jinske Verhellen (coordinator), Ghent University, Belgium.


  • Study “Private International Law in a Context of Increasing International Mobility: Challenges and Potential”
  • Study “Children on the Move: a Private International Law Perspective”


The European Parliament announced the workshop as follows:

“On 20 June, the Policy Department for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs will organise a workshop on "Potential and challenges of private international law in the current migratory context" for the JURI Committee.

While Private International Law governs relations between persons coming from or living in different States, migration law regulates the flow of people between States. Rights related to migration often depend on private relations (marriage, parentage) or personal status (age); and global migration flows put traditional rules on applicable (foreign) law and jurisdiction under strain. The workshop aims to examine the ways in which these two fields of law interface and how to ensure a more coherent and efficient approach. It will in particular examine how traditional private international law solutions and tools can offer innovative ways to address issues of immigration law, ensuring better protection to those who most need it (in particular, children on the move) and easier coordination between different authorities across Europe.”

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