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International Conference on Public Policy, Good Morals and Social Justice in European Private Law

On 26-27 October 2012, the international conference "Public Policy, Good Morals and Social Justice in European Private Law" will take place in Groningen at Het Kasteel . This is the first conference of the new research programme "Public Interests and Private Relationships" (PIPR) of the Groningen Law Faculty, and of the new focus group "Public Policy and Private Autonomy" within the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance (NILG). The conference is sponsored and organised by the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance (GCL).

Please find the conference programme (draft version) below:

Friday 26th October

08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.05 Welcome words: Leon Verstappen
09.05 – 09.15 Introduction: Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi
FIRST SESSION: PUBLIC POLICY, GOOD MORALS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN CONTRACT LAW
09.15 – 09.35 Salvatore Patti, Interpretations of the General Clauses “Public Policy” and “Good Morals” in European Contract Law
09.35 – 09.55 Ruth Sefton-Green, Public Policy and Morality: a Dead End for Social Justice in French Contract Law?
09.55 – 10.20

Hugh Collins, The Quality of Goods and Compliance with Labour Standards

10.20 – 10.50 Discussion
10.50 – 11.20 Coffee break
SECOND SESSION: PUBLIC POLICY, GOOD MORALS AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE GOVERNANCE IN CONTRACT LAW
11.20 – 11.35 Spelča Mežnar, Public policy in Slovenian Contract Law: Limits to Party Autonomy
11.35 – 11.50 Lorenz Kähler, Contract Interpretation as an Alternative to Public Policy Exceptions
11.50 – 12.10 Discussion
12.10 – 12.25 Olha Cherednychenko, General Contract Law, Public Regulation and the Protection of the Vulnerable in Financial Transactions
12.25 – 12.40 Tibor Tajti,

Public versus Private Governance in Contract Law – the Case of Private Debt Collection in Europe

12.40 – 13.00 Discussion
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch
THIRD SESSION: PUBLIC POLICY, GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE LAW
14.15 – 14.30 Mathijs ten Wolde, Public Policy and Private International Law: Principles and Methodology
14.30 – 14.45

Davor Babic, Ordre public interne and European Private International Law

14.45 – 15.00 Nikitas Hatzimihail, Public Policy Exceptions: Private International Law and Arbitration in a Comparative Perspective
15.00 – 15.30 Discussion
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 16.15 Jacobien Rutgers, The European Patient and National Public Policy
16.15 – 16.30 Brigitta Lurger , The Notion of Justice in EU International Family Law: Free Movement, Human Rights and other Public Policy Concerns
16.30 – 17.00 Discussion
FOURTH SESSION:

PUBLIC POLICY/GOOD MORALS VS. PRIVATE AUTONOMY IN SELECTED FIELDS OF LAW AND REGULATION

17.00 – 17.15 Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Refusal to Deal, Abuse of Right and Competition Law in Electronic Markets
17.15 – 17.30 Karlis Svikis , Public policy vs. private autonomy in the regulation of the energy sector
17.30 – 18.00 Discussion
18.00 – 18.45 Drinks
18.45 – 19.00 Walk to dinner location
19.00 Dinner at ‘t Feithhuis
Saturday 27th October
08.45 – 09.15

Registration

FIFTH SESSION: NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
09.15 – 09.30 Eugenia Dacoronia , Good Morals in Greek Private Law
09.30 – 09.45 Julija Kiršiene and Vygantas Malinauskas, Contracts contrary to Good Morals and Public Policy: the Lithuanian Experience
09.45 – 10.05 Discussion
10.05 – 10.20 Florin Ciutacu, Good Morals and Public Policy in the New Romanian Civil Code
10.20 – 10.35

David Zammit, The Role of Public Policy in a Mixed Jurisdiction: the Maltese Experience

10.35 – 10.55 Discussion
10.55 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 11.30 Zeeshan Mansoor, Contracts Contrary to Public Policy: the English Experience
11.30 – 11.45

Patrick O’Callaghan, The Human Rights Act, Private Law and the Pursuit of Equalitarian Justice

11.45 – 12.05 Discussion
SIXTH SESSION: EUROPE-BUILDING: CONCLUDING REMARKS
12.05 – 12.20 Chantal Mak , Europe-Building through Private Law: Individual Interests, Judicial Deliberations and the Common Good
12.20 – 12.35 Adam McCann, Free Movement of Workers and Services – Social Justice, Public Interests and False Claims of Neo-Liberalism
12.35 – 13.00 Discussion
13.00 – 13.30 Walk from conference location to Groninger Museum
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch at Groninger Museum
14.30 – 15.30 Guided tour Groninger Museum

You are most welcome to participate in this conference and in all discussions.

Participation to the conference is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration will be possible before 15 October 2012 by sending an e-mail mentioning your full name, academic titles and which parts of the conference and/or social activities you would like to participate in to Ms. Eleonora Goljan (e.k.e.goljan@rug.nl).

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