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#TILT Young Academics Colloquium

The #TILT Young Academics Colloquium took place on 23 and 24 May 2019, at the Law Department of the University of Verona. This two-day meeting was dedicated to trending international and EU law topics and featured parallel sessions, each of which divided into thematic panels.

More specifically, on 23 May, the parallel sessions dealt with public international law and private international law. In particular, the first parallel session was further divided into the panels concerning public international law and human rights, international criminal law and investment law. Meanwhile, the second parallel session comprised two panels, respectively dedicated to civil and commercial matters and family matters.

On 24 May, the focus was on EU Law, which was dealt with in both parallel sessions. In the first one, EU law was addressed in the light of its general aspects and policies, and in the second one, in the perspective of the so-called “new challenges”, namely migration and digital society.

The parallel sessions were opened by two keynote speeches: in the first one, Professor Fausto Pocar dealt with the role of customary law in international law (particularly criminal), and in the second one Professor Michael Lehmann addressed the topic of smart contracts and A.I.

The #TILT Colloquium was greatly appreciated by its participants, mainly young academics selected through the Call for Papers “What’s Trending in International and EU Law?” among over a hundred of advanced Ph.D. students, post-doc research fellows and academics at early stages of their career.

The #TILT Colloquium has also proved to be a fruitful networking opportunity: Ph.D. students and young researchers of different nationalities got to know each other as well as other academics and professionals working in the field of international and EU law. Indeed, as the results of the survey disseminated at the end of the Colloquium show, the majority of the participants have positively evaluated the possibility to engage discussions and exchanges with other attendees.

Background of the Colloquium

This Colloquium falls within the activities of the research project “Trending International Law Topics – #TILT”, which is supervised by Maria Caterina Baruffi (Full Professor of International Law, University of Verona) and funded by the programme “Ricerca di base 2015” promoted by the University of Verona. The project is aimed at deepening the investigation and fostering scientific discussion on trending topics in international and EU law, including also their impact on domestic legal systems. A series of seminars featuring prominent foreign academics and other events have already been organised so far, focusing for example on the relationships between the EU and national legal orders, migration, the EU Regulations in family law matters, the free movement of persons and the protection of fundamental rights.

In this context, the Colloquium represents a further activity dedicated to open issues in international and EU law, but specifically addressed to Ph.D. students and young researchers of any nationality and affiliation, who will be the leading speakers at this event. First, they are expected to present the results of their research, and then, to engage in the debate with the invited international experts acting as chairpersons and discussants. The goal is thus to provide an invaluable opportunity to share and exchange views with renowned academics and legal practitioners, and to network with other researchers in the respective fields of interest.

The poster and the full programme of the Colloquium are available in .pdf format here.


Thursday, 23 May 2019

14.15 – 15.00 | Keynote speech

Prof. Fausto POCAR

Public international law


Panel #1: Public international law & human rights

Chair: Prof. Marco GESTRI (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

  • Chiara GIULIANI (University of Rome La Sapienza), The protection of collective interest in international law. Towards new trends or still at a stalemate?
  • Francesco CAZZINI (University of Milan), Food trade in the WTO framework: the normative value of standards
  • Silvia FAVALLI (University of Pavia), Disability, Social Media and Human Rights: ‘What’s the catch?’



Coffee break


Panel #2: International criminal law

Chair: Prof. Fausto POCAR

  • Nedžad SMAILAGIĆ (University of Poitiers), Diversity of Internationalized Criminal Courts: Consolidation or Fragmentation of International Criminal Justice?
  • Giulia LANZA (University of Verona), The International Criminal Court: 21 years have passed, but Italy is still in default



Panel #3: Investment law

Chair: Prof. Marco TORSELLO (University of Verona)

  • Dominik MOŠKVAN (University of Antwerp), Domestic Courts v. Investment Arbitration: Reclaiming Outsourced Public Justice in the EU (Energy) Investment Disputes
  • Nicolò NISI (University of Turin) e Stefano SALUZZO (University of Piemonte orientale), Reality and Illusions of Achmea: Ramifications In and Outside the EU for Ascertaining Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Investment Arbitration
  • Aliz KÁPOSZNYÁK (Eötvös Loránd University), Consequences of the irreconcilable conflict between intra-EU BITs and EU law – Recognition and enforcement of intra-EU arbitral awards in light of the Achmea decision and the Micula v Romania case

Discussion and planned speeches (Sondra FACCIO, University of Trento)

Private international law


Panel #1: Civil and commercial matters

Chair: Prof. Francesca RAGNO (University of Verona)

  • Cedric VANLEENHOVE (University of Ghent), Now trending: #serviceofprocessviasocialmedia
  • Caro VAN DEN BROECK (Catholic University of Leuven), The new EU approach to business failure and insolvency: chasing the American dream?
  • Felix M. WILKE (University of Bayreuth), Counter-Claims in the Brussels Regime: The “Common Origin” between Entitlement to Justice and Equality of Arms?
  • Lenka VÁLKOVÁ (University of Milan), Choice-of-Court Agreements in the EU and BREXIT: Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements as a Solution?



Coffee break


Panel #2: Family matters

Chair: Prof. Agnieszka FRĄCKOWIAK-ADAMSKA (University of Wroclaw)

  • Francesca MAOLI (University of Genoa), Party autonomy in property relationships of international couples: fostering predictability?
  • Ziyana NAZEEMUDEEN (University of Aberdeen), Is it a mere gap jumper? Challenges in upholding the best interests of the child in cross border surrogacy arrangements: A comparative case study
  • Vassiliki MARAZOPOULOU (University of Athens), Recognition of adoptions within the EU at a crossroads between European law and national laws: A methodological test of numerous variables
  • Irene MARCHIORO (University of Bologna), The free movement of same-sex registered partners in the light of the evolutive interpretation of the Directive 2004/38/EC

Discussion and planned speeches (Sara BERNASCONI, University of Milano-Bicocca)

Friday, 24 May 2019

9.00 – 9.45 | Keynote speech

Prof. Michael LEHMANN (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), Smart Contracts and Artificial Intelligence

EU law


Panel #1: General aspects

Chair: Prof. Ruggiero CAFARI PANICO (University of Milan)

  • Angela FESTA (University of Salerno), Rule of Law and European Union: the increasing role of Article 7 TEU
  • Giovanni ZACCARONI (University of Luxembourg), Equality and non discrimination as fundamental elements of the EU constitutional legal order: the case study of non discrimination on the ground of religion
  • Camilla BURELLI (University of Milan), The Infringement Procedure vis-à-vis the “Populist Zeitgeist”: perspectives and evolutionary lineages in the last year of Juncker’s presidency



Coffee break


Panel #2: Policies

Chair: Prof. Caterina FRATEA (University of Verona)

  • Cristina SÁENZ PÉREZ (University of Leicester), R.O. v Minister of Justice and Equality: What Future for the European arrest warrant?
  • Matteo MANFREDI (Catholic University of Milan), From the austerity measures to the European Pillar of Social Rights: what kind of protection for economic and social rights in the European Union?
  • Daniel CARTER (University of Leiden), The European Precariat
  • David TILT (Central European University), The historical contextualisation of the (failed) European Unitary Patent


EU law

Panel #1: New challenges – Migration

Chair: Prof. Carola RICCI (University of Pavia)

  • Martina DRVENTIĆ (Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek), EU Mechanisms for the Protection of the Unaccompanied Minors
  • Benedetta CHIODAROLI (Catholic University of Milan), Fundamental right to data protection in EU immigration, border control and asylum policies: still looking for a balance
  • Daniel GRACIA PÉREZ (University of Valencia), The challenge of integrating “environmentally displaced” migrants in European Asylum Law



Coffee break


Panel #2: New challenges – Digital society

Chair: Prof. Michael LEHMANN (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition)

  • Krzysztof KRZYSTEK (University of Łódź), The End of Net Neutrality in the United States – The Madness of King Trump or the Start of a New Trend?
  • Francesco DEANA (University of Udine), Regulating collaborative economy in the EU. Can the EU be collaborative-friendly without sacrificing consumer protection and fair competition?
  • Marco INGLESE (University of Parma), Regulating Platform-to-Business (P2B) Relations or How the Commission’s Legislative Agenda Is Shaping the Digital Revolution