Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – Objectives

The interest in EU Private International Law has grown during the last decade. The unification of Private International Law in the EU is now in the focus of academic debates. Several regulations have been adopted by the EU on various fields of Private International Law, such as the applicable law to contractual obligations, non-contractual obligations, divorce and separation, succession as well as jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility and maintenance. In addition, more recently the idea has been arisen whether there is a need for an EU Private International Law Code replacing the national Private International Law codes. Undoubtedly, EU Private International Law is in continuous progress. That is why we selected ‘Perspectives of Unification of Private International Law in the European Union’ as the subject of the proposed Jean Monnet Module.

In the framework of the Jean Monnet Module, the research team of the Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law, Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University intends to carry out research and deliver a series of courses on the future perspectives of unification of Private International Law in the EU. The proposed Jean Monnet Module consists of teaching and research activity, publication of the outcome of the research and the organisation of a workshop.   

The objective of the research team is to do research and deliver courses on the future of EU Private International Law. During the three-year period, we intend to offer various compulsory and optional courses on EU Private International Law for general full-time students and Erasmus students. This teaching activity would be based on an intensive research carried out throughout the duration of the project. Thus, the research will directly stimulate our teaching activity. At the end of the three years, we intend to publish the outcome of this research activity. We will also organise a workshop in order to present the outcome of our research to policymakers, judges and attorneys.