Workshop in Collaborative law, October 26 and 27, 2018 in Brussels

Dear Col­leagues,

In 2017, the bars of Cologne [Ger­ma­ny], Liège [Bel­gium] and Ver­viers [Bel­gium] foun­ded the Inter­na­tio­nal Cen­ter for Col­la­bo­ra­tive Law as a non-pro­fit orga­ni­za­tion under Bel­gium law (AISBL) having its legal seat in Liège.

Col­la­bo­ra­tive law is an alter­na­tive dis­pute reso­lu­tion method using the tools of prin­ci­pled nego­tia­tion as well as the phase model known from media­tion. It is a volun­ta­ry and confi­den­tial pro­cess to set­tle conflicts by nego­tia­ting. Howe­ver, ins­tead of being hos­ted by a neu­tral media­tor, col­la­bo­ra­tive law pro­cee­dings are conduc­ted by lawyers trai­ned in ADR, coun­sel­ling and assis­ting their res­pec­tive clients, but wor­king as a team and not as oppo­nents. The pro­cess aims at resol­ving dis­putes res­pect­ful­ly and rea­ching satis­fac­to­ry and balan­ced agree­ments taking the requi­re­ments and inter­ests of each par­ty into account.

In our prac­tice as lawyers in the field of inter­na­tio­nal law, be it com­mer­cial, cor­po­rate or fami­ly law, we found that the tra­di­tio­nal approach to inter­na­tio­nal law­suits before state or arbi­tral courts is unsa­tis­fac­to­ry. Indeed, each par­ty tries to construe the conflict under his/her natio­nal law. The com­pe­tence of the court is near­ly always contes­ted. Very often, the judges are not fami­liar with the prin­ciples of inter­na­tio­nal pri­vate law, not to men­tion forei­gn law which is often appli­cable and left to scho­lars acting as experts, but not being part of the proceedings.

The objec­tive of our asso­cia­tion is to create a net­work of lawyers trai­ned in cla­ri­ty floor and prac­ti­cing inter­na­tio­nal law while being fluent in at least two lan­guages in order to be able to pro­vide law see­king citi­zens and com­pa­nies effec­tive assis­tance in inter­na­tio­nal law­suits. Mem­ber­ship is open to bar asso­cia­tions and lawyers trai­ned in col­la­bo­ra­tive law. There are no fees.

One of the pillars of the net­work is trai­ning, the second crea­ting an effec­tive net­work based on per­so­nal rela­tion­ship. For this rea­son, we orga­nize a work­shop on Octo­ber 26 and 27, 2018 at the pre­mises of PMR Europe, Rue Dodo­né 113, 1180 Brus­sels, a well-known actor in the field of ADR and espe­cial­ly col­la­bo­ra­tive law ( The work­shop starts on Fri­day at 10 AM, on Satur­day at 9 AM. The wor­king lan­guage will be English. The costs of par­ti­ci­pa­tion – strict­ly limi­ted to the prin­ciple of reco­ve­ry of costs – are not yet final­ly fixed, depen­ding on the num­ber of par­ti­ci­pants. The fee will be bet­ween €500 and €700 per per­son, the num­ber of par­ti­ci­pants being limi­ted to 15. Mem­ber­ship in our asso­cia­tion is not man­da­to­ry for participation.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, we join the pro­gram esta­bli­shed by Cora­ly Smets-Gary, part­ner and co-foun­der of PMR Europe who will conduct the work­shop with her col­league Flo­rence Leroy.

Work­shop in Col­la­bo­ra­tive law, Octo­ber 26 and 27, 2018 in Brussels

We would be plea­sed if you take an inter­est in this work­shop. For fur­ther inqui­ry or ins­crip­tion, please revert either to

Gui­do Imfeld, d • h & k Aachen, Jüli­cher Straße, D‑52070 Aachen, Fon : +49 (0) 241 / 946 21–0, Fax : +49 (0) 241 / 946 21–111, email :


PMR Europe, Cora­lie Smets-Gary, Rue Dodo­née 113, 1180 Brus­sels, Bel­gium, T +32 (0)2 344 53 70 | F +32 (0)2 344 46 58.