Conference in Lucerne, December 2006

Upon the invitation of Professor Andreas Furrer, Universität Luzern, the Study Group on a European Civil Code convened in Switzerland for its first time. It was the 15th conference conducted by the committee of European experts, founded in 1999 and chaired by Professor Christian von Bar, European Legal Studies Institute, Universität Osnabrück. During the course of this conference academic consultations took place on the law concerning loan agreements, lease of moveables, the law on gifts, trust law and the law on transfer of property in moveables. Experts from 25 Member States were present. The aim of the endeavours is to develop an annotated European model law for the core materials of private law.
Already by the end of 2007 the Study Group, which forms part of the EU Network of Excellence (, has to present the first draft of a so called ‘Common Frame of Reference for European Contract Law’ to the European Commission.

On the occasion of the Study Group meeting in Lucerne, members were officially welcomed by Chief Councillor (Regierungsrätin, Schultheissin) Yvonne Schärli and Professor Rudolf Stichweh, Rector of the University of Lucerne. Swiss Minister of Justice BR Dr. Christoph Blocher addressed the members of the Study Group on the advantages of the Swiss legal system and constitution.

In the run up to the Lucerne Conference the Swiss publisher Schulthess Verlag organised an information and discussion session in Zurich, which was joined by professors from all of Switzerland’s law faculties. Professor Christian von Bar introduced the working method of the Study Group and the individual project of European tort law. Professor Hugh Beale (Law Commission, UK) explored the legal as well as the political implications of the ‘Common Frame of Reference for European Contract Law’. Professor Ulrich Drobnig (Max-Planck-Institut, Hamburg), yet another member of the Study Group, spoke about proprietary security in Europe.

The Conference was sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the European Commission, Schulthess Verlag in Zurich, Schweizer Nationalfonds and the University of Lucerne.

Press release by
Study Group on a European Civil Code,
European Legal Studies Institute
Dipl. Jur. Ina El Kobbia
For further information please contact:
E-Mail: ielkobbi(at)

Date: 24.01.2007

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