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Successful Conference on „New Hungarian Civil Procedure Act and the Development of European Rules of Civil Procedure” in Budapest

On 30 and 31 May, the Hungarian Academy of Justice hosted a conference devoted to the topic of civil procedural law in the Hungarian system, and under the ELI-UNIDROIT draft rules of civil procedure.

The two-day event was opened by the representatives of the organising institutions, the President of the National Office for the Judiciary, Dr. Tünde Handó, and the Director of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Legal Studies, Dr. András Jakab. ELI President, Diana Wallis, and the UNIDROIT Deputy Secretary- General, Prof. Anna Veneziano, also gave their speeches on behalf of the co-organisers of the Conference, ELI and UNIDROIT.

After a short introduction to the ELI and its joint project with UNIDROIT “From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil Procedure”, Diana Wallis mentioned how important it was for the ELI-UNIDROIT to see that the project became a subject of heightened interest among the Hungarian legal experts and that she is hopeful that it will draw the attention of also other Member States in the future. Anna Veneziano, UNIDROIT Deputy Secretary-General, underlined that the project has already been noticed not only by academics, but also judges, practitioners, governments and international bodies, such as the European Parliament and the European Commission.

The structure of the Conference has been organised along the five initial topics of the ELI-UNIDROIT project, which allowed an in-depth presentation of the work of each of the ELI-UNIDROIT working party as well as of the respective parts of the New Hungarian Procedure Act.

During the first day, representatives of two ELI-UNIDROIT working parties explained the challenges and solutions found in their respective areas – Professor Astrid Stadler spoke on behalf of Service and due notice of proceedings and Professor Alan Uzelac represented Obligations of the parties, lawyers and judges. Access to Information and Evidence, Provisional and Protective Measures and Res Judicata and Lis Pendens were presented and discussed by Professor Neil Andrews during the second day of the Conference.

In his closing remarks, Professor Remco van Rhee acknowledged that both differences and similarities of legal traditions taken into account by the ELI-UNIDROIT project play a very important role in development of the model rules of European civil procedure. He emphasised that the similarities identified lead to “deformalisation” of the civil procedure, which is seen rather positively. András Osztovits, Judge of the Hungarian Supreme Court, highlighted the importance of the knowledge of comparative law, as without it, it is very difficult to draft a new code of civil procedure. In this sense, the observance of the work developed by the European lawyers of the ELI-UNIDROIT multinational project has been especially helpful and relevant.

Over 90 esteemed legal experts attended the Conference. The event proved fruitful for both ELI-UNIDROIT working parties and Hungarian experts.

You can find the Agenda of the Conference here.