Towards Common European Rules on Civil Procedures - Best Practice or Tyranny of the Majority?

Wednesday 24 September at 12-13.15 in room 101 in Lögberg on Campus

Open lecture of the Law Institute in cooperation with the French embassy and the EU Info Centre in Iceland as well as the law office BBA Legal.

Gilles Cuniberti, professor of comparative law and private international law at the University of Luxembourg will give an open lecture. He is the author of more than a hundred publications on international and comparative civil procedure, private international law and comparative law. He was selected in 2011 by the European Commission as a member of the expert group which produced the first draft of a regulation on the attachment of bank accounts (and which became the European Account Preservation Order). In 2014, he was appointed by the European Law Institute and UNIDROIT as a co-reporter of one of its working groups in its joint project to develop European rules of civil procedure.
Co-referant: Skúli Magnússon, associate prof. and district court judge - Have Icelanders something to contribute in the development of European rules?

Gilles Cuniberti, Skúli Magnússon and María Thejll





Civil procedure is undergoing a complex process of harmonization in Europe. The European Union has unified the laws of its Member States in a number of fields since 1968. The European Court of Human Rights is imposing common procedural values on the States belonging to the Council of Europe. In 2013, the European Law Institute and UNIDROIT undertook to develop a complete set of European rules of civil procedure which, its promoters hope, will be influential.

How are these rules designed? Europe is the home of many different legal traditions which have developed very different rules of civil procedure. Do these legal traditions all contribute to European civil procedure? The conference will seek to assess whether the relevant lawmakers select the most efficient rules existing in the different European states, or whether their choices are dictated by other logics and rationales

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