05 Feb
10:30 - 16:00
Private International and Transnational Law

Online Seminar: The Netherlands: a forum conveniens for collective redress?

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On 5 February 2021 a group of renowned experts will discuss the (comparative) position of Dutch courts in the settlement of complex private transnational disputes in light of recent Dutch and European legislation.    

The starting point for this event is the observation that a number of complex multijurisdictional cases find their way to the Dutch courts. Notorious examples of past and pending collective redress cases include the Shell Nigeria (environmental claims), Libor (market manipulation claims), Petrobras (investor claims) and the “truck cartel” (competition claims) cases.

This “Dutch-bound” trend raises questions about the adequacy of the legal framework for such complex cases, in particular with regard to the international jurisdiction of the Dutch courts, the scope of application of the new law on collective redress, the domestic and international coordination of proceedings, the available (extraterritorial) remedies, etc.

Furthermore, this trend begs a more fundamental question about the position of the Dutch courts in a fragmented legal landscape. The broad application of the Law on Collective Settlements and the more restrictive scope of the new law on collective action, illustrate some of these controversies. Should The Netherlands remain an international dispute settlement hub (forum conveniens) for such disputes?

Dutch and international academic experts, practitioners and policy-makers will lead the discussion from a legal, political and societal perspective. Please join us for an in-depth reflection on how to tackle such collective redress cases.

This conference is organised by Maastricht University, Tilburg University and University of Amsterdam (UvA), with the collaboration of the Open University, in the context of the Netherlands Sector Plan on the transformative effects of globalisation in the law.


  5 February 2021
10:30-10:40 Opening and welcome

Panel 1: The attractiveness of Dutch courts in the international scene. 
Proposition: The instruments  of European private international law (Brussels I, Rome II) are in need of specific rules for collective action and collective settlements.    
Moderator: Aukje van Hoek 
Speakers: Alexia Pato and Burkhard Hess 


Panel 2: The attraction of the Dutch remedies. 
Proposition: The admissibility requirement in the new Dutch law on collective action (under which the claim should have a sufficient link to the Netherlands) is both undesirable, and possibly in breach of EU law.     
Moderator: Cathalijne van der Plas
Speakers: Flip Wijers and Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer


Lunch and walk break
Participants are also more than welcome to talk to each other informally through chat and video-call during this break.


Panel 3: Squaring the circle: EU law and Dutch actions.
Proposition: The limitation on standing (to pre-approved entities) in the new EU Directive is a threat to Dutch cross-border (consumer?) actions.  
Moderator: Ianika Tzankova 
Speakers: Paulien van der Grinten, Vincent Smith and Axel Halfmeier


Panel 4: The market for mass litigation.
Proposition: The position of The Netherlands is reinforced in a fragmented international legal landscape (in post-Brexit times).     
Moderator: Marta Pertegás 
Speakers: Xandra Kramer and Alex Layton

14:50-15:30 Concluding remarks + networking  


The participation fee is free for academic participants from the participating Universities and other Universities in The Netherlands and abroad. 
For all others, the fee is € 300,-

Practicing lawyers can request a certificate of attendance necessary for obtaining educational credits (Dutch attorneys: NOvA opleidingspunten).

Registration and payment by January 22nd. 
(Click the green button on the right side of this page).

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This event is partly financed by the research project The Transformative Effects of Globalisation in Law (TEGL) of the Sectorplan Social Sciences and Humanities. 

We also thank the University Fund Limburg (SWOL) the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law’s (KNVIR) and the Law Facultary Science Committee or their financial contributions.


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