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The ELI 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly

The ELI 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly took place in Ferrara, from 7 to 9 September 2016. The Conference was kindly hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara.

The event started in the evening of Wednesday 7 September, with an opening ceremony. The General Assembly convened in the morning of the same day and featured reports from the President, Treasurer and other featured members of the Institute.

Following this, the project sessions provided ELI members and external participants the opportunity to discuss the most topical legal issues in the European landscape for two full days. Panel sessions were devoted, among other topics, to criminal law, insolvency law, civil procedure, the Digital Single Market, family law and migration.

We were honoured by Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, who gave a keynote speech on 9 September. Also, Marta Cartabia, Vice-President of the Italian Constitutional Court, delivered a keynote speech during the opening ceremony on 7 September. Together with the ELI President, Diana Wallis, and Vice-President, Christiane Wendehorst, other esteemed guests addressing participants were Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Culture, Giorgio Zauli, Rector of the University of Ferrara and Giovanni De Cristofaro, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara.

During the Conference, ELI project teams, especially the ones focusing on Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law, civil procedure and criminal law presented the outcome of their work to participants, and chaired fruitful discussions on concrete aspects of these areas of law.

The Conference is supported by:

The ELI would like to thank our exhibiting sponsors:


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