Private International Law
at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Herbert Smith Freehills Senior Research Fellow: Dr. Eva Lein

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law puts a particular emphasis on research, events and publications in Private International Law.

Since 2006, it has organised a Seminar Series on Private International Law which has been kindly sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. It consists in evening seminars during which leading private international law specialists present and debate recent developments of topical importance for current legal practice and research in the field of economically relevant Private International Law at all levels - national, European and global. For further information on the series and upcoming and past events please visit our Herbert Smith Freehills Private International Law Seminar Series webpage.

Furthermore, the Institute organises conferences, seminars and other events concerning particular topics of Private International Law that require analysis and debate. It provides a forum in which the theoretical background, methodologies, development and practical application of any area of Private International Law as well as comparative aspects will be considered by lawyers, judges and other specialist practitioners. Information on upcoming and past events is provided under Private International Law Events.


  • Unilateral jurisdiction and arbitration clauses - valid or not?

8 May 2013, 17:15 to 19:00

British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5JP


Craig Tevendale, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills


Professor Gilles Cuniberti, University of Luxemburg

Dr Maxi Scherer, Special Counsel, WilmerHale; Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Matthias Lehmann, University of Halle-Wittenberg

What is this event about?

This seminar examines so-called unilateral or asymmetric dispute resolution clauses, which oblige only one of the parties to bring their case in a specific court, while the other is free to select between different fora. Recently, the French Cour de Cassation has decided that this type of clause is invalid. Since, the validity of one-way jurisdiction clauses has been debated in various countries. The debate includes the question how hybrid arbitration clauses are to be assessed.

Speakers will discuss the French Supreme Court's decision; the views of different Member States on the interpretation of Art. 23 Brussels I Regulation; the future of unilateral jurisdiction clauses; and the interpretation of hybrid arbitration clauses.