The Private Side of Transforming the World – UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the Role of Private International Law

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law
10-12 September 2020, Hamburg
The conference will systematically analyse the actual and potential role of Private International Law for each of the seventeen SDGs. The overall purpose is twofold:
(1) to raise awareness of the relations between the SDGs and private international law as it already exists around the world. Private international law is sometimes thought to deal with small, marginal issues. It will be important, for those inside and outside the discipline alike, to generate further awareness of how closely its tools and instruments, its methods and institutions, and its methodologies and techniques, are linked to the greatest challenges of our time.
(2) to explore the potential need and possibilities for private international law to respond to these challenges and to come up with concrete suggestions for adjustments, new orientations and regional or global projects. This exploration can aim to identify the need for further and/or new research agendas in specific fields; the development of new mechanisms and approaches, the usefulness of new international cooperation instruments, be it new Conventions at the Hague Conference or elsewhere, or be it new institutions.
Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2019

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