Private International Law
The Institute for Private International Law teaches and researches a broad array of aspects with direct relevance to international trade and commercial law, in particular:
Conflict of laws / private international law.
In the context of conflict of laws and more generally private international law, the research of the unit focuses inter alia
- on the impact of European harmonisation of all stages of private international law on the law of the Member States, including the tensions between common and civil law approaches to conflict of laws.
- on the use of private international law in the context of corporate social responsibility.
- on the relationship between arbitration and private international law.
- on private international law in notarial practice.
Environment, health and safety.
The Institute combines a solid knowledge and know-how of core European institutional and economic law, with regulatory law, in particular environmental law and energy law. The regulation of new technologies has been one of the focal points in research.
The institute was one of the first to analyse the impact of international trade law (GATT and WTO Agreements) on regulatory autonomy, including environmental protection. In this area, it has built up specific expertise on the trade /regulation interface, looking especially at the GATT (including border tax adjustments, customs and excise), TBT and SPS Agreements, as well as New Technologies regulation and Food.