Save the Date: German Conference for Young Scholars
in Private International Law 2023

Following successful conferences in Bonn, Würzburg and Hamburg, we are pleased to announce
the 4th German-speaking Conference for Young Scholars in Private International
Law, which will take place on 23 and 24 February 2023 at Sigmund Freud University in
Vienna.

The theme of the conference will be:

Deference to the foreign – empty phrase or guiding principle of private international law?

As part of the legal system, rules of private international law are bound by the principles of
their national jurisdiction, but they also open up the national system to foreign rules. Is the
claim of deference to the foreign merely an empty phrase or, at best, a working hypothesis,
or can it serve as a meaningful guiding principle of private international law? Are there
tendencies within or across specific areas of private international law to move away from
deference to, and towards a general suspicion against, the foreign? To what extent does
(mutual) trust become the basis of deference to the foreign in the process of internationalisation
and Europeanisation? What, if any, is the relationship between deference to the
foreign and the methods of private international law?

We would like to explore these and many other related questions at the 4th German-speaking
Conference for Young Scholars in Private International Law. We are inviting contributions
from all areas of private international law, including but not limited to contract and tort
law, company law, family and succession law as well as international procedural law, international
arbitration and uniform law.

The written contributions will be published in an edited conference volume. The conference
will be held in German, but English presentations are also welcome. The call for papers will
be released in spring 2022 and we expect the submission of abstracts until late summer
2022.

We cordially invite all interested scholars to save the date of the conference. Please feel free
to contact us with any questions (ipr@sfu.ac.at). Further information on the conference is
available at https://tinyurl.com/YoungPIL.

Kind regards,
Andreas Engel, Florian Heindler, Katharina Kaesling, Ben Köhler,
Martina Melcher, Bettina Rentsch, Susanna Roßbach, Johannes Ungerer

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