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Cross-border Divorce and Maintenance: Jurisdiction and Applicable Law

  • Workshop for judges

Lisbon, 9 September 2015 – 11 September 2015

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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 which 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 and which law is applicable to such a divorce and the issue of enforcement of maintenance obligations abroad.


  • to provide expert training on Regulation Brussels II bis, Regulation Rome III and the Maintenance Regulation and their interaction with other EU instruments in the area of Civil Justice
  • to raise awareness of the interrelation of EU, international and domestic legislation on cross-border divorce and maintenance cases
  • to recap the preliminary ruling procedure using practical exercises
  • to provide participants with a practical introduction to the 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 prepare to actively contribute during the training sessions. IT-supported training will also be provided allowing participating judges to familiarise themselves with 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 and role play exercises.

This workshop is a project of the European Commission within the framework of the development of training modules regarding European legislative instruments for cross-border cooperation in civil matters, which is implemented by the Academy of European Law (ERA).

Who should attend?

Participation is only open to judges from an EU Member State

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



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