The Private Side of Transforming our World - Conference organised by Dr Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm
Thu 12 August 2021
From 9 to 11 September 2021, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law will host a conference titled The Private Side of Transforming our World – UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the Role of Private International Law.
The event will take place in a hybrid format both at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and virtually.
Dr Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, Senior Lecturer in International Private Law at Edinburgh Law School, is an organiser of this conference alongside Ralf Michaels (Max Planck Institute) and Hans van Loon (form. Hague Conference on Private International Law).
Enabling all citizens of the world to live in dignity while preserving our natural resources is one of the greatest global challenges of our time. This challenge is reflected in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which form the core of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. This Agenda, which is also referred to as “a contract for the future of the world”, aims to serve as a shared blueprint for realizing global economic progress in a manner consistent with social justice and the planet’s environmental limits.
In the arena of public law, including public international law, the SDGs have already become a focal point for comprehensive discussion about the future of the world. With regard to private law and private international law (PIL), by contrast, there has been less attention. Yet the Agenda 2030, with its 17 primary goals and 169 associated sub-goals, bears significantly on the fields of private law and PIL.
The project “The Private Side of Transforming our World – UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the Role of Private International Law” aims to raise an awareness of how PIL, with its methods and institutions, can make a significant contribution and help find answers to the greatest challenges of our time. 19 contributors from all continents will present and discuss their findings during the conference scheduled to be held on 9 to 11 September 2021. In addition, a keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Anita Ramasastry (University of Washington, Member of the U.N. Working Group on Business and Human Rights). English-Spanish and Spanish-English simultaneous translation for the Conference will be provided by a professional interpreter.