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The Nottingham Contribution to a New Framework for Judicial Cooperation – New Book

Nottingham Law School collaborate with Leiden Law School (Holland) on the "JudgeCo Project" resulting in text publication.

News has come of the publication of the EU Cross-Border Insolvency Court-to-Court Cooperation Principles, released by Eleven International Publishing in September 2015. The project which resulted in the text was the result of a successful joint funding bid by the Leiden Law School, the Netherlands, represented by Professor Bob Wessels (the editor of the text) and Nottingham Law School, the latter represented by Professor Paul Omar, a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.

The project (also called the JudgeCo Project) was aimed at developing a set of principles for cross-border communication and cooperation in insolvency cases between courts in the European Union and to provide judicial training on the principles. The project was funded by the European Union in the amount of €275,000 as part of an initiative promoted by the European Commission's Directorate General on Justice and was also supported by co-funding by the International Insolvency Institute. This project was timely, given the revision of the European Insolvency Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No. 1346/2000 of 29 May 2000), published March 2015, with which the principles are aligned. The text resulting from the project was recently presented by Professor Wessels to the European Commission.

Paul Omar's contribution to the project was to take the lead in the capacity building stage of the project which was focused on providing judicial training. This took place in two stages: the first in 2013/14 saw the project disseminated to European insolvency judges at conferences and events organized by invited project partners, including the International Insolvency Institute and INSOL Europe. The second phase in late 2014 focused on bringing together European insolvency judges for training events which took place in Riga and Amsterdam. In all, over 200 judges active in insolvency matters participated across all training phases and dissemination events. They represented nearly all of the member states within the European Union, including importantly accession and candidate states.

The project fits firmly within Nottingham Law School's focus on outreach to practice and the judiciary, which has involved providing advocacy training in the United Kingdom and Malaysia, advising on the development of legal vocational qualifications in Mauritius, Hong Kong, Brunei and Vietnam as well as participating in the Legal Education Training Review looking at the qualifications of regulated legal professions in England and Wales. It is also a major achievement for the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, which has an international reputation for specialist research and teaching.

The Nottingham Contribution to a New Framework for Judicial Cooperation – New Book

Published on 25 September 2015
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