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

On 23 and 24 February 2023, the fourth German Conference for Young Scholars will take place at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Horatia Muir Watt (Sciences Po) and a panel discussion will provide practical insights.

As part of any legal system, rules of private international law are determined by the principles of the respective national jurisdiction, but they also open up the national system to foreign rules. This creates the challenge of reconciling foreign law and foreign values with the national legal system. At the conference, we will seek to explore whether and to what extent deference to the foreign is a pervasive principle in private international law. In doing so, we will look at the methods of private international law as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the justification and implementation of said principle.

German- and English-language presentations will shed light on the general topic from various perspectives and will hopefully invite lively discussions. A more in-depth exchange of views for all conference participants will also be possible in special discussion groups (parallel sessions in German and English).

The conference programme is available for download.
Register here for conference – please register by 17 February 2023.
Attention: no confirmation emails will be sent after sending the registration, you are still registered for the event.


The written versions of the presentations will be published in a conference volume by Mohr Siebeck.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to an exciting conference and send our best regards:
Andreas Engel | Florian Heindler | Katharina Kaesling | Ben Köhler
Martina Melcher | Bettina Rentsch | Susanna Roßbach | Johannes Ungerer

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