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    Call for Submissions: Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law eJournal NIBLeJ

    The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is calling for submissions to the Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law eJournal (NIBLeJ) for the Volume 5: Winter 2017. The NIBLeJ is an open access, peer reviewed academic journal (Dr Paula Moffatt and Dr Jennifer L. L. Gant, editors) that boasts an eminent cast of reviewers. Submissions must comply with the following requirements:
    • Content must have some relation to business and/or insolvency law, but innovative political, social, or theoretical perspectives are welcome as well as comparative discussions, cross-discipline investigations, and relationships with other legal areas.
    • Manuscripts should be between 10,000-15,000 words (including footnotes). 15,000 is the upper limit.
    • Referencing must conform to the OSCOLA style. See the following website for both a quick reference guide and full guidance: In-line referencing (Harvard Style) is not accepted.
    • Submissions should be sent to Jennifer L. L. Gant at  on or before Friday 29th September 2017  in order to be included in this volume.
    • Submissions must include full name or names if more than one author and title. Authors are welcome to include academic affiliations, and qualifications, and teaching position, or any other relevant author information as a first footnote. 
    Please note that only manuscripts in the English language will be accepted. Manuscripts submitted for publication are subjected to anonymous peer review by expert academics and legal practitioners to ensure high quality publications.
    If you would like to look at previous submissions to the NIBLeJ, please see the following: A full style guide is also available here:
    The deadline for the final submission of article manuscripts is Friday 29 September 2017. For additional information, please contact Jennifer L. L. Gant in the first instance using the above contact details, or check the NIBLeJ website on the link above.

    Call for Papers – Warsaw 2017

    The Academic Forum of INSOL Europe will be hosting its annual conference in Warsaw on Wednesday 4 October–Thursday 5 October 2017.

    Expressions of interest are invited for the delivery of papers within the overall conference theme, which will be: “The Rise of Preventive Restructuring: challenges and opportunities”

    The theme is intended to focus on, inter alia, the following topics:
    • Procedural aspects of preventive restructuring frameworks: balancing efficiency and integrity of process;
    • Confirmation and cram down in preventive restructuring frameworks;
    • Groups and cross-border issues;
    • Instruments to facilitate preventive restructuring: stay, protection of new and interim financing, executory contracts
    • Broader challenges for restructuring frameworks: IP rights and safeguarding know how;
    • Financial restructuring: debt for equity strategies and tailoring affected classes;
    • Distinguishing between use and abuse of restructuring: asset partitioning and loan to own strategies;
    • Treatment of SME’s in preventive restructuring and insolvency proceedings; 
    • Issues for Insolvency Office Holders dealing with preventive restructuring procedures; and
    • Enhancing harmonisation versus the limitations of implementation through members states 
    In light of the particular success of past conferences, the intention for this conference is to have papers that challenge existing approaches, stimulate debate and ask profound questions about the feasibility and desirability of harmonization, convergence or approximation of insolvency law within Europe on the above mentioned topics. Proposals are invited that do more than just outline a topic of interest in respect of any given jurisdiction, but seek to understand, analyse and critique the fundamentals of insolvency law and take the subject forward. Papers that have a comparative angle are particularly welcome.

    Younger Academics are, of course, also invited to submit papers on the topics mentioned above, but they may also choose to present their research in the session that is dedicated to the Young Academics’ Network in Insolvency Law (YANIL).

    Expressions of interest in delivering papers within the conference theme should be communicated by 24th of Marh 2017 to Anthon Verweij, IEAF Secretary, by e-mail at: Please include an outline of the main issues and theses to be addressed in the paper. Proposals for papers will then be selected by the management board and the board will communicate around 1st of April 2017 those papers that have been selected for inclusion within the conference.

    After selection of proposed papers the panel chairs will contact participants of each session to arrange a joint conference call to discuss the outlines of the proposed papers and align presentations, discuss joining instructions and outline the set-up of the conference programme. 

    Would-be speakers who also fit the necessary criteria should also complete a form for a Travel Grant, available to download here.

    Call for Papers - UNCITRAL: Modernizing International Trade Law to Support Innovation and Sustainable Development

    4-6 July 2017, Vienna International Centre, Vienna

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its establishment and explore new directions in cross-border commerce, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law will be holding a three day Congress.

    In addition to a number of possible new subject areas, the call covers existing topics areas being addressed by UNCITRAL, including insolvency.

    Papers may cover either or both:
    (1) Obstacles to international trade, and how new substantive legal rules might address them
    (2) Ongoing work in modernizing commercial legal systems and international trade rules.

    The call for papers abstract deadline is 9 September 2016. Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract of 100-200 words, including the proposed title of the paper, and a short description of the topic to be addressed. Abstracts, along with authors’ contact information and affiliation, should be submitted by email to, with "UNCITRAL Congress Abstract submission" in the subject line.
    The call for papers is posted here.

    Attendance at the Congress is free of charge.

    More information can be found on the UNCITRAL website here.

    Nottingham Law School and Radboud University 
    Dual Master’s in Law degree

    Nottingham Law School, England and Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands have become partners to offer an exciting and innovative dual Master’s in Law degree. At the end of one year of study, successful students will be awarded the LLM Corporate and Insolvency Law from Nottingham Law School and the LLM European and Insolvency Law from Radboud University. Students spend time studying for the dual LLM at both university campuses. The partnership between the two universities means that internationally recognised professors of insolvency law, all specialists in their specific fields, will teach and share their extensive knowledge and expertise with students on this programme.

    More information here.

    Newsletter Fourth Quarter 2015 (October-December)

    The Academic Forum's Fourth Quarter Newsletter is now available to download here.

    Call for Contributions

    Eleven International Publishing presents a New Book Series entitled European and
    International Insolvency Law Studies (EIILS) with the aim of establishing a collection
    of prominent studies in this field of law.
    The series will be an important source of information for both practitioners (e.g.
    lawyers, judges and policy makers in governments and international organizations)
    and scholars involved in the practice and study of insolvency law.

    More information can be found here.

    Survey on consumer over-indebtedness/personal insolvency 

    Federico Feretti of Brunel is keen to obtain responses to a survey being conducted as part of a research study on EU consumer over-indebtedness and personal insolvency.
    The study is funded by the Civil Justice Programme of the EU Commission and aims to investigate to what extent the EU needs an holistic approach to the problem providing for harmonisation of personal insolvency law and integration with responsible lending policies.
    Among the many activities, a very basic survey for experts has been launched. It is a quantitative survey and it takes very little time to respond to it, the aim being to grasp the view of stakeholders on the desirability of having EU legislation on personal insolvency.
    The survey can be found here.

    Insolvency Research Scholarship available at the Nottingham Law School

    As part of a new initiative by Nottingham Trent University to encourage new and innovative research, the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Development Scheme has been set by the University with the aim of nurturing new research talent to enable discovery and drive innovation. The Nottingham Law School has been successful in obtaining four of these awards in the fields of human rights, equal treatment, environmental obligation and European insolvency law.
    The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is keen to encourage applicants for the project in European insolvency law, which will be titled: “European Insolvency Law: Objectives, Purpose and Harmonisation Initiative”. The context for the study is the review of Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000, during which a Report authored by INSOL Europe in 2010 was presented to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs. The report advocated consideration of substantive harmonisation in a number of insolvency-related areas and suggested ways in which insolvency law across Europe could go beyond mere convergence and become the subject of a harmonisation initiative. The European Parliament’s 2011 response acknowledged the difficulty of creating a “body of substantive insolvency law at EU level”, but postulated the desirability of “worthwhile” harmonisation in a number of discrete areas, chiefly to avoid the adverse consequences of disparities in national laws that might favour forum-shopping.
    The European Commission has also directed its attention to whether an “approximation of laws” in discrete areas is desirable, citing the need to eliminate legal uncertainty and an “unfriendly business environment” as obstacles to cross-border investment. The European Commission also advocates concentration on improving “second chances” for small and medium enterprises in particular, through improving prevention, access to out-of-court settlements and debt-recovery generally. The European Commission is also promoting its own vision of what European insolvency should look like, targeting reforms to deal with four particular concerns: the availability of a framework to facilitate preventive restructuring, assisting restructuring negotiations through enabling the appointment of a mediator and for stays to be available, ensuring the success of restructuring plans through certain minimum content and clarifying creditor and court involvement in the adoption process as well as providing protection for new financing arrangements.
    The purpose of this research project will be, inter alia, to consider how the insolvency initiative, dating to the late 1960s, first began as a project for the simple creation of a Community convention to regulate cross-border jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement in insolvency as well as measures designed to support ancillary areas of interest, for example social policy (employment rights) or company law. The project will consider how a limited view of “core insolvency”, which hitherto only included the private international and procedural aspects of jurisdiction and coordination, has now given way to desires for “approximation”, “convergence” and/or “harmonisation” as well as consideration of what procedural and/or substantive areas should be included within a European initiative. Issues of legislative competence, methodologies for legislation as well as the role of principles such as subsidiarity will all play a part in ascertaining whether the European Union is pursuing a logical and coherent objective in the field of insolvency law.
    Further information about the scheme and the application process may be obtained at: . Applicants may wish also to contact the proposed project supervisors: Professors Rebecca Parry ( or Paul Omar ( by email for any further information that may be necessary.
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