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Private International Law


The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has a well-established programme of research, events and publications in the area of Private International Law/ International Litigation. Details of our current and recent research in this area can be found on our Private International Law Research page. For upcoming events please visit Upcoming events and navigate to private international law.


Professor Eva Lein, Senior Research Fellow in Private International Law

The private international law programme is guided by the Private International Law Advisory Panel, comprising the following prominent academics, practitioners and government officials:

Michael Bogdan, Professor, University of Lund; Alegría Borrás, Professor, University of Barcelona; Janeen Carruthers, Lecturer, University of Glasgow, and Solicitor; The Rt Hon the Lord Collins of Mapesbury, Justice of the Supreme Court, London; Andrew Dickinson, Solicitor; Consultant Clifford Chance, London; Andreas Furrer, Professor, University of Luzern, and Partner, MME, Zurich; Jonathan Harris, Professor, University of Birmingham, and Barrister, Serle Court, London; Adam Johnson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, London; Alexander Layton QC, Barrister, 20 Essex Street, London; The Rt Hon the Lord Mance, Justice of the Supreme Court, London; Ulrich Magnus, Professor emeritus, University of Hamburg; Horatia Muir-Watt, Professor, Sciences Po, Paris; Oliver Parker, Legal Advisor, Private International Law, Ministry of Justice, London; Marta Pertegás, First Secretary of the Permanent Bureau, Hague Conference on Private International Law; Pippa Rogerson, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge, and Solicitor; Linda Silberman, Martin Lipton Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Luboš Tichý, Professor, University of Prague; Jacob van de Velden, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen.

Event Series

BIICL provides a forum in which the background, methodologies, development and the practical application of any area of Private International Law as well as comparative aspects will be considered by lawyers, judges and other specialist practitioners.

Since 2006, BIICL has organised a Seminar Series on Private International Law which has been kindly sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. It focuses on recent developments of topical importance for current legal practice in the field of economically relevant Private International Law and international commercial litigation at all levels - national, European and global. For further information on the series please visit our Herbert Smith Freehills Private International Law Seminar Series webpage.

The Institute further hosts events beyond the area of commercially relevant Private International Law, eg. on current topics in international family law or successions that require analysis and debate.

For all upcoming and past events please visit the BIICL Private International Law Events page.


For recent publications see: