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Third PhD Workshop on European/International Insolvency Law

From 4-5 March 2021, the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection invites PhD students from Europe and beyond to participate in a third (online) edition of the PhD workshop on European/International Insolvency Law.

As during the prior two successful editions in 2018 and 2019, PhD students will present their ideas, but also the challenges and questions they are confronted with in their research. Given the current COVID-19 measures, the event may take place online.

The workshop aims at achieving two main goals. First, it provides PhD students in the area of European/International Insolvency Law, from Europe and beyond a chance to connect with peers who are at more or less 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 their (developing) ideas in front of fellow colleagues as well as experienced professors in order to strengthen their research findings and skills.

Setting of the PhD Workshop

If the circumstances allow, this years’ conference will take place physically in Leiden or alternatively – unfortunately probably more likely – it will be held online. The workshop is sponsored by the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection which provides support to the international and European insolvency law section of the Law School library of Leiden University. It takes place annually at Leiden University in the last week of February/first week of March. If a physical meeting is possible, the Stichting will provide one night's 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 31 December 2020 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


Participants to the PhD Workshop may compete for a prize (a book from the Stichting and EUR 1000, 750 and 500, respectively for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize) in recognition of the most original presentation. Invited applicants who do not give a presentation but present a poster instead will compete for a prize of EUR 250 for the – overall – most appealing poster and a book from the Stichting.

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