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Cross-border Divorce and Maintenance: Jurisdiction and Applicable Law

  • Academy of European Law (ERA) on behalf of the European Commission (Contracting Authority) with the support of the Irish Committee for Judicial Studies

Dublin, 25 February 2013 – 27 February 2013

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There are currently around 16 million international couples in the EU. Inevitably when such families break up, family members often end up living in different countries, a situation that is fraught with difficulties from a family law point of view. These difficulties include, for example, knowing which courts have jurisdiction to hear a divorce application, which law is applicable to such a divorce and what options are available for the enforcement of maintenance obligations abroad.


  • to provide expert training on the Brussels II bis Regulation, the Rome III Regulation and the Maintenance Regulation and their interaction with other EU instruments in the area of civil justice
  • to raise awareness of the interrelationship between EU, international and domestic legislation on cross-border divorce and maintenance cases
  • to reinforce knowledge of the preliminary ruling procedure through practical exercises
  • to provide participants with a practical introduction to e-justice tools
  • to promote contacts between national judges from different member states and provide participants with valuable networking opportunities.

The workshop is designed to be practice-oriented and focused on peer and expert training. Access to an introductory e-learning course will be made available to participants before the workshop allowing them to contribute actively during the training sessions. IT-supported training will be provided allowing participating judges to get to know the existing online tools and make better use of the information available on the e-learning course. Participating judges will deal with concrete situations and be faced with real questions by means of case studies.

Who should attend?

Participation is only open to judges from an EU Member State.

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No seminar fee. Participation on selection. Selected participants will receive a significant contribution to their travel and accommodation costs.




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