YANIL Introduction

Welcome at the webpage of the Younger Academics Network of Insolvency Law (YANIL) of INSOL Europe.

YANIL, a branch of the INSOL Europe Academic Forum, brings together postgraduate and PhD students along with early career academics and  young professionals with an interest in academic research. YANIL was established in 2009 by Prof. Em. Bob Wessels and Dr. Myriam Mailly and celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2019.

The primary aim of this informal cooperation is to provide a forum for younger academics and young professionals to discuss their views on comparative, international, and European insolvency law and share their ideas and research. YANIL offers the platform for mutual cooperation and collaboration on important insolvency topics of the day. Click here for more information on YANIL.


YANIL Conference - 24 September 2019 - Copenhagen
To celebrate its ten year anniversary, a YANIL conference will be organised on 24 September in Copenhagen. This conference will occur the day before the start of the INSOL Europe Academic Forum annual conference in Copenhagen. It and aims to provide a forum for early career insolvency academics to present their research to their peers and to experienced academics for feedback, input, and advice. The day will end with a round table panel on insolvency research generally, with a focus on research methodology.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Expressions of interest are invited for the delivery of papers on early career resarch in insolvency law, including PhD theses, no later than 31 May 2019. For more information, click here.

Furthermore, YANIL supports its members with several activities, including but not limited to:

YANIL Panel at INSOL Europe Academic Forum Annual Conferences
There is a permanent panel on the annual INSOL Europe Academic Forum Annual Conferences, which gives PhD students and early career academics the opportunity to present their research to distinguished insolvency colleagues who may be able to offer advice and recommendations to improve and deepen the research being undertaken.
In the past few years numerous younger academics were allowed to present and publish their research.
Click here for more information on the Annual INSOL Europe Academic Forum Conference.
Easy access to insolvency expertise
The members of YANIL possess valuable knowledge on various jurisdictions as well as a broad range of topics. The network is supportive of each other’s research endeavors, and promotes, especially in comparative studies, the exchange of information and sources. To facilitate easy exchange, we share research interests and promote the exchange among the members. For more information, contact the board.
Connect online: YANIL LinkedIn Group
To connect and share information easily, members of YANIL have joined in a LinkedIn group. We recommend members to share interesting sources, teaching opportunities, conferences, as well as research opportunities. The LinkedIn group can be found here.



Anyone who considers themselves a younger academic and who would benefit from membership of this network is invited to join YANIL. Membership of INSOL Europe is not required and there is no membership fee.

Participating in YANIL is beneficial for the development of your own study, for widening your international network of contacts, for the chances it may bring to further your career, but most importantly,  for a better understanding and application of issues of comparative, international, and European insolvency law through cooperation and collaboration with like-minded emerging academics.

If you are interested in joining YANIL, please contact the board by e-mail with the following information:
  • Your name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Preferred contact e-mail
  • Current (academic) position (i.e. LLM/PhD student, Post Doctoral Fellow, Lecturer, etc.)
  • Research focus (not just “insolvency law” please!)
You will be added to a mailing list which is used to inform YANIL members of opportunities, such as calls for papers, conferences, fellowships, and scholarships.

E-mail address: YANILBoardMembers@gmail.com


Gert-Jan Boon
Leiden Law School, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Chair of the Younger Academics Network of Insolvency Law

Dr. Jennifer L. L. Gant
University College Cork (Ireland) (JCOERE Project)
Dr. David Ehmke
Line Langkjær
Juridisk Institut, Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)
Emilie Ghio
Birmingham City University (UK)

Eugenio Vaccari
University of Essex (UK)
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