On 16-17 November, the ELI-UNIDROIT Project Members, Advisers and Observers convened in the Palais Trautson of the Austrian Ministry of Justice to discuss draft rules on European civil procedure developed by the newest working groups of the Project. During the two-day event, Members of the Project heard presentations and debated on such topics as pendency, parties, costs, and judgments in civil procedure. The overarching working group 'Structure' also presented an updated version of the consolidated draft of European principles of civil procedure, encompassing the work of the first three Working Groups of the Project (access to information and evidence, provisional and protective measures, and service of documents). Diana Wallis (Past ELI President) and Anna Veneziano (Secretary-General a.i. UNIDROIT) opened the meeting, in which 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. The day ended with a dinner attended by participants at Melker Stiftskeller. On the following day, Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna) presented the draft rules on ‘Costs.’ A presentation and discussion of the latest version of the consolidated drafts on three sets of rules (‘Access to information’, ‘Provisional and protective measures and ‘Service and due notice of proceedings’) was given by Loïc Cadiet (University of Paris) and Xandra Kramer (Utrecht University). Finally, rounding up the day, Christoph Kern (University of Heidelberg) presented the draft rules on ‘Judgements’.


-> Click here for the agenda.

-> Click here for more information on the ELI-UNIDROIT project on Transnational Civil Procedure.


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Steering Committee Members (From left
to right): Remo Caponi (University of
Florence), Diana Wallis (Past ELI President),
Anna Veneziano (Secretary-General a.i.,
UNIDROIT), Rolf Stürner (University
of Freiburg).
  Shot of meeting room.