ELI-UNIDROIT Joint Meeting on Civil Procedure Project in Vienna (Austria)


From 16–17 November 2017, ELI-UNIDROIT Project Members, Advisers and Observers convened in the Palais Trautson (the Austrian Ministry of Justice) to discuss draft rules on European civil procedure developed by various working groups of the Project.

The welcome address was delivered by Members of the Steering Committee, Diana Wallis (former ELI President) and Anna Veneziano (UNIDROIT Secretary-General ad interim) and a host of other Co-Reporters gave updates and allowed others to discuss the progress and direction of their Working Group.

On 16 November 2017, Frédérique Ferrand (University of Lyon) and Burkhard Hess (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg) from the ‘Lis Pendens and Res Judicata’ Working Group presented their draft rules, followed by Astrid Stadler (University of Konstanz) and Emmanuel Jeuland (University of Paris) from the ‘Parties’ Working Group. 

On the following day, Paul Oberhammer (Professor and Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna) presented various issues pertaining to costs in European civil procedure traditions. A presentation and discussion of the latest version of the consolidated draft of three sets of rules (‘Access to Information and Evidence’, ‘Provisional and Protective Measures', and ‘Service and Due Notice of Proceedings’) was given by Loïc Cadiet (Université Paris 1) and Xandra Kramer (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Finally, rounding up the day, Christoph Kern (University of Heidelberg) presented the draft rules on ‘Judgments’.

It was decided that there will be two events next year, a spring meeting in Rome (Italy) on 9–10 April 2018 and a Conference at the Academy of European Law (ERA) on 26–27 November 2018 in Trier (Germany).

Lively discussions

Steering Committee