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Second PhD Workshop on European/International Insolvency Law

After a successful first edition in February 2019, the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection invites PhD students from Europe and beyond for a second edition of the PhD workshop on European/International Insolvency Law. At this workshop they can present their ideas, but also the challenges and questions they are confronted with in a two day workshop to be held at Leiden University in Leiden, Netherlands on Thursday-Friday 5-6 March 2020.

Goals of the PhD Workshop

The workshop aims at achieving two main goals. First, it provides PhD students in the area of European/International Insolvency Law, from all over Europe and the world, with a chance to connect with peers who are at the very same stage of their legal or academic career. They can meet, exchange experiences and create a network. Second, the workshop will allow each participant to present, test and discuss its (developing) ideas in front of fellow colleagues as well as experienced professors in order to strengthen its research findings and skills.

Setting of the PhD Workshop

The workshop is sponsored by the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection which is supporting the international and European insolvency law section in the Law school library of Leiden University. Therefore, the workshop will take place at Leiden University annually in the last week of February/first week of March. The Stichting will provide one night accommodation in Leiden and (if not otherwise reimbursed) a maximum of 50% of the travel expenses up to EUR 250,- for those invited to give a presentation of their research.

Participation in the workshop is limited to invited PhD students. PhD students may apply to present their research proposal, present interim results or a (draft) chapter/article. You can apply by filling in the electronic form (see the annex with more information) by December 31, 2019 midnight.

Responsibility for the review of applications and the workshop itself is with the Board of the Stichting: Prof. Matthias Haentjens; Prof. Eric Dirix, Prof. Stephan Madaus, Prof. Reinout Vriesendorp and Paul Omar. Prof. Bob Wessels will be involved as a patron.

  1. Click here for the: call for applications
  2. Click here for the: electronic registration form


The participants to the PhD Workshop may compete for a prize (a book from the Stichting and EUR 500,-) as a recognition of the most original presentation. Invited applicants who do not give a presentation but present a poster instead will also compete for a book from the Stichting.

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