International Private Law Seminar, 17-19 January 2023

In the framework of the Inter-University Cooperation Project, the University of Luxembourg is supporting the teaching at the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) of the National University of Laos.

In this context a 3-day seminar, dedicated to International Private Law, was organized from 17-19 January 2023 at the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Vientiane. We had the pleasure of welcoming Prof. Thomas Mastrullo, a professor at the University of Luxembourg, to lead the seminar.

The seminar focused on resolving conflicts of jurisdiction in private international law, particularly comparing French and Lao law, and strengthening the participant’s teaching skills on international private law. The Inter-University Project brought together lecturers from the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) of the National University of Laos, lecturers from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of Vientiane, and Practitioners – namely lawyers, members of the Lao Bar Association; judges from Lao People’s Supreme Court; and prosecutors from the Lao Office of the Supreme People’s Prosecutor also attended our seminar.

The morning session on the first day of the seminar was dedicated to the Introduction of International Private law, which related to definitions and rules of private international law. In the afternoon sessions, participants were provided with general aspects of private international law, including the privilege of jurisdiction, clause conferring jurisdiction, and conflicts between procedures.

The second day of the seminar was devoted to revising and allowed participants to discuss their impressions and questions from the previous lesson with Prof. Thomas Mastrullo. This allowed for interactive discussions on legal principles on jurisdiction and procedure, legal certainty, and the meaning of certain provisions between French and Lao Law. The afternoon session focused on resolution of conflicts of jurisdiction.

On the last day of the seminar,  participants had the opportunity to learn more about the recognition and effects of the foreign judgment in French Law. At the end of the session, all the participants were provided a certificate for attending this seminar by Prof. Thomas Mastrullo.