Groningen 2016

Dear ELFA members and website visitors,

Below you will find the final programme for the Annual General Meeting and Conference 2016 that will take place in Groningen, the Netherlands at the University of Groningen.

A link to the final programme is available here.

Use the following links to open the registration form and find usefull hotel information

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Annual General Meeting and Conference 2016 Groningen

"Sustainable Law and Sustainable Legal Education"

Final Programme:


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

18.00 – 19:00


This reception is offered to you by the University of Groningen, the Municipality of Groningen and the Province of Groningen.

Location: Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen, Bruinszaal + Lounge


Host: Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen: Professor Dr. Elmer Sterken


Thursday, April 14, 2016


09.00 – 09.30     


Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19 Groningen


09.30 – 09.35

WELCOME by Prof. Dr. J.B. Wezeman, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen

Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19 Groningen


09.35 – 10.30     

Keynote Address by Professor Sabino Cassese, Emeritus Justice of the Italian Constitutional Court and Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

Presentation of the 2015 ELFA Award Winner and Proxime Accessit


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break


11.00 – 12.30     

Parallel Sessions:

Broerstraat 9, Groningen (room A900) and Uurwerkersgang (room T13)


Panel 1: European Environmental Law: a Sustainable Environment.


room T13 / Uurwerkersgang

Chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas R. Ziegler, University of Lausanne.


Prof. Dr. Hans H.B. Vedder, Professor of Economic Law, University of Groningen;

Dr. Wybe Th. Douma, T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague;

Dr. Lorenzo Squintani, University of Groningen.


Panel 2: Borders between Public and Private Law.


Room A900, Broerstraat 9

Chair: Prof. Dr. Josep Maria De Dios Marcer, Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Prof. Dr. Carlos Górriz López, Professor of Business Law, Autonomous University of Barcelona;

Professor Sylvaine Peruzzetto, University of Toulouse and Judge at the Supreme Court in France;

Dr. Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, Lecturer in International Private Law, University of Edinburgh.


12:30 – 14:00     


Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19 Groningen


This lunch is offered to you by Hein Online


14:00 – 15:30

Parallel Sessions:

Academy building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen


Panel 3: Distance Learning and Privacy.


Zernikezaal, Academy building

Chair: Prof. Dr. Věra Kalvodová, Masaryk University.


Prof. Dr. Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici, Professor of European Technology Law and Human Rights, University of Groningen;

Prof. Dr. Evert Stamhuis, Dean and Professor of Criminal Law, Open University, The Netherlands.


Panel 4: Academic Law and the Needs of the Profession: Qualifications for Law Teachers.


Van de Leeuwzaal, Academy building

Chair: Prof. Dr. Michele Graziadei, University of Turin.


Prof. Dr. Nigel Duncan, Professor of Legal Education, City University London, The City Law School;

Prof. Leo P. Martinez, Albert Abramson Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the                 Law;

Prof. Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati, College of Law;

Mr. Vedran Stankovic, ELSA Vice President for the Student Trainee Exchange Programme;

Dr. Kai Purnhagen, University of Wageningen.


15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break


16.00 – 16.20

Presentation Hein Online


16:20 – 18:00

Plenary Session (panel 5)


Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19 Groningen


Europe in Crisis, Financial nightmares and migration tragedies.

Chair:     Prof. Dr. Laurence W. Gormley, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen.


Prof. Dr. Fabian Amtenbrink, Vice Dean and Professor of EU Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam;

Prof. Dr. Thomas P. Spijkerboer, Professor of Migration Law, VU University Amsterdam.



 Departure by bus to the “Coendersborg” Groningen


19:30 – 22.30

Conference Dinner

Location: “De Coendersborg”, Coendershaag 1, Groningen

Performance by Dualis Chamber Choir.


Friday, April 15, 2016    


Location: Academy building

09.00 – 10.30

Plenary Session


Panel 6: Cuba and the US: Implications of a changed relationship.

Organised by SEALS


Academy Building University of Groningen, Senate Room

Chair: Professor Patrick R. Hugg, John J. McAulay Distinguished Professorship, Loyola University New Orleans,        College of Law.


Professor Gregory W. Bowman, Dean. West Virginia Law School;

Professor Anne Klebes-Pélissier, University of Strasbourg;

Professor Richard V. Meyer, Director of the Foreign Master of Laws Programme, Mississippi College, School of Law      


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break


11.00 – 11.30

 Panel Reports


11.30 – 12.30

 ELFA Annual General Meeting

 Academy Building University of Groningen, Senate Room



Adoption of the Resolution

Presentation and Approval of the President’s Report

Presentation and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report

Presentation and Approval of Budget 2016-2017

Election of the New President

Election of the First Vice-President

Election of the New Board Member (if necessary)

Future Plans

Presentation of Membership Certificates to the new Members and Affiliated Members

Any other Business


13.00 – 14.00



Academy Building, Bruinszaal + Lounge


End of Conference