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JudgeCo Judicial Training Sessions were a great success!

Amsterdam5b.jpgTwo judicial training sessions were organized in Riga (Riga Graduate School of Law, November) and Amsterdam (Palace of Justice, December) to discuss cooperation and communication in cross-border insolvency cases. The trainings took place as part of the project on ‘EU Cross-Border Insolvency Court-to-Court Cooperation Principles and Guidelines’ (JudgeCo Project), which is co-funded by the European Union and the International Insolvency Institute.


The Turnaround, Rescue and Insolvency team of Leiden Law School and Nottingham Law School organised these two Judicial Training sessions for in total nearly 60 judges from across Europe. The Judicial Training Session sought to encourage and facilitate cooperation and communication between judges in cross-border insolvency cases. After two years of intensive research work, the JudgeCo Project has been completed by giving these two Judicial Training Sessions.


Judicial cooperation and communication in a European context

JudgeCoJTAdam1.JPGDuring the last session in Amsterdam, the first part of the training session consisted of presentations given by professors Paul Omar (Nottingham Law School) and Bob Wessels (Leiden Law School). They discussed the European Insolvency Regulation, the latest cases of the Court of Justice of the EU and the current process to revise the Insolvency Regulation as well as the EU JugeCo Principles and Guidelines to facilitate better cooperation and communication between and by (foreign) courts. 

Professor Jan Adriaanse (Leiden Law School) shared some research insights on dealing with distressed companies from a business perspective and Dr Bernard Santen (Leiden Law School) discussed the role played by insolvency office holders in (cross-border) insolvency cases.

Simulating cross-border European insolvency cases

Amsterdam3b.jpgThe second part of the JudgeCo Judicial Training Session consisted of a workshop which challenged the judges to deal in smaller groups with the (practical) intricacies of a cross-border insolvency case. Together they tried to find solutions for issues that may arise. Subsequently, during a plenary session, the judges discussed in what way they could be of influence to achieve the most effective and efficient result in an insolvency proceeding.

There were a lot of positive responses on the EU JudgeCo Principles and Guidelines. They provide a valuable source to arrange for better coordination and communication by courts in cross-border insolvency cases. Besides, the trainings sessions were also considered very successful to build a network of European judges involved in insolvency.

Finalising the EU JudgeCo Principles and Guidelines

The interactive training sessions in Riga and Amsterdam were very useful for both judges and the JudgeCo project team. Taking into account all the comments received during these judicial trainings and by mail, the project team will now prepare a final text of the EU JudgeCo Principles and Guidelines. This text should be ready for publication early 2015.


Co-funded by the
Civil Justice Programme
of the European Union

Co-funded by the
International Insolvency Institute