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NACIIL / INSOL Europe Academic Forum joint conference 14-15 April 2014

The Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency Law (NACIIL) and the Academic Forum of INSOL Europe organised a joint conference on Monday and Tuesday 14-15 April 2014, in Leiden. The theme was: ‘Teaching and Research in Comparative and International Insolvency Law’

Some twenty speakers shared with eighty participants their experiences with training students, judges or practitioners in other legal cultures and in comparing legal systems. The speakers included were professors Bariatti (Milan), Paulus (Chair of the Academic Forum, Berlin; see the picture, prof. opening the conference), Lynch Fannon (Cork), Van Dam (London), Vanmeenen (Antwerpen), Omar (Nottingham) and Madaus (Halle-Wittenberg) and professors from the Leiden Law School (Adriaanse, Castermans, Haentjens, Rank and Wessels).

The conference reflected research the TRI Leiden is involved in, such as cross-border cooperation between courts in insolvency cases, with a forum discussion with judges Vallender (Cologne), Richards (London), Verougstreate (Brussels) and Melissen (Amsterdam), providing insights to the judges and practitioner's present. In workshops (given twice) vivid discussions took place regarding the INSOL Europe project on the development of Principles and Best Practices for Insolvency Office Holders (Santen, Leiden; Godfrey, London), approaches to Harmonisation of business rescue rules in Europe and Recovery and resolution of banks. Within business rescue the unique combination of the Leiden Law School’s multi-disciplinary research (turnaround management, business and economic studies and insolvency law) was well received.

During the running of the conference professor Bob Wessels (former Chair of the Academic Forum and Honorary Member of INSOL Europe) held his valedictory, after which he received a Liber amicorum.

The conference proceedings will be published by NACIIL, edited by professors Omar (Nottingham) and Veder (Nijmegen). Main sponsors of the joint conference: the Leiden Law School, the London law firm EdwinCoe LLP, and the International Insolvency Institute (III). Our other conference sponsors: Baker & McKenzie, the Dutch Council for the Judiciary, the European Law Institute, the Irish Research Council, Jones Day, Kluwer publishers, Norton Rose Fulbright and Rabobank. Without their trust and support the joint conference would have been much less international then it was now.