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Current Research in Private International Law: Virtual Workshop with Diego P. Fernández Arroyo

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 11:00 a.m. (CEST)


"Transnational Commercial Arbitration as Private International Law Feature"


About the Speaker:

Diego P. Fernández Arroyo is a professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris and the Director of its LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement. He is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, a member of the Institut de droit international, the current President of the International Academy of Arbitration Law, former President of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP), and former Secretary-General of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He is involved in the practice of international arbitration as an independent arbitrator. He has taught in universities of all continents and published several books and a number of articles in publications of more than 20 countries.


About the Topic:

A significant part of private international law (PrIL) disputes is nowadays solved by means of arbitration. At the same time, the range of arbitrable issues has been growing up for decades. Consequently, arbitration is no longer ignored by PrIL scholars, who, nevertheless, hesitate about how to deal with it. Many of them are only attracted by the fact that arbitral tribunals are often confronted to ordinary problems of determining the law applicable to a particular issue. Through the lens of this classical-PrIL approach, they identify sometimes conflict-of-law rules in arbitration instruments. Without denying any interest to this option, we will try to provide a more comprehensive view, starting by revising the very respective notion of arbitration and PrIL as well as their interaction, and concluding to challenge the excessive role played by the seat of the arbitration.


About the virtual workshop series:

The virtual workshop series “Current Research in Private International Law" is organised by Ralf Michaels and Michael Cremer. The series features guest speakers and Institute staff members who present and discuss their work on current developments and research topics in private international law. The workshops are geared to scholars who are researching in the field of private international law, but attendance is open to all individuals having an academic interest (including doctoral candidates and students).

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law