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International Conference 'Private Law and Market Regulation in the Face of Contemporary Grand Challenges'

From:Mo 09-12-2019
Until:Tu 10-12-2019
Where:Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen

On 9-10 December 2019, the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen hosted an international conference ‘Private Law and Market Regulation in the Face of Contemporary Grand Challenges’. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Groningen Centre for European Financial Services Law (GCEFSL). It took place at Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen and started on Monday, 9 December at 13:00.

The aim of this conference was to explore the interplay between private law and market regulation within the EU multi-level system of governance and beyond in the face of contemporary grand challenges. Among such challenges are climate change mitigation, a switch to a resource efficient circular economy, and the digitalisation of the marketplace and societies at large.

The keynote was given by Prof. Hans-W. Micklitz (European University Institute (EUI), Florence). Among the speakers were also Prof. Cynthia Williams (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto); Prof. Hugh Collins (London School of Economics and Political Science); Prof. Michael Faure (University of Maastricht); Prof. Takis Tridimas (King’s College London); Prof. Gerald Spindler (University of Göttingen); Prof. Vanessa Mak (University of Tilburg); Prof. Geraint Howells (City University of Hong Kong / University of Manchester); Prof. Martijn Scheltema (Erasmus University Rotterdam); Prof. Mads Andenas (University of Oslo / Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London); Prof. Christian Twigg-Flesner (University of Warwick); Dr. Agnieszka Janczuk-Gorywoda (University of Utrecht); Prof. Hanoch Dagan (Tel-Aviv University); Dr. Andrea Fejos (University of Essex); Prof. Giuseppe Bellantuono (University of Trento); Dr. Edmund Schuster (London School of Economics and Political Science); Dr. Kai Purnhagen (Wageningen University); Prof. Peter Rott (University of Kassel); Dr. Yane Svetiev (University of Sydney/Bocconi University, Milan); Prof. Jan Biemans (University of Utrecht); Dr. Federico Ferretti (University of Bologna); Prof. Chris Willett (University of Essex); Dr. Mateja Durovic (King’s College London); Martha Buit (University of Groningen).

The conference concluded with the inaugural lecture by prof. Olha O. Cherednychenko appointed as Professor of European Private Law and Comparative Law at the University of Groningen. The topic of her speech was ‘The Public/Private Divide and European Private Law’. The lecture was given on Tuesday, 10 December at 16:15 at the Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen and was followed by a reception.