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Fifth PhD Workshop on European/International Insolvency Law

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From Wednesday-Thursday 19-20 April 2023 the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection (BWILC) invites PhD students from Europe and beyond to participate in the 5th edition of the PhD workshop on European/International Insolvency Law. Following four successful editions, PhD students are invited to come to Leiden University to be able again to present their research ideas.

The workshop aims at achieving two main goals. First, it provides PhD students in the area of European/International Insolvency Law, from Europe and beyond a chance to connect with peers who are at more or less the same stage of their academic career. They can meet, exchange experiences and create a network. Second, the workshop will allow each participant to present, test and discuss its (developing) ideas in front of fellow colleagues as well as experienced professors.

Held for the first time in 2019, the PhD Workshop will now take place for the fifth time. In an effort to support younger academics, BWILC has annually organised the workshop, adopting an online or hybrid format during the COVID-19 years. As a result, BWILC will celebrate its first lustrum, which will be marked at the upcoming PhD Workshop.

Participating in the PhD Workshop

This years’ conference will take place in Leiden (The Netherlands). The workshop is sponsored by the Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection which supports the international and European insolvency law section in the library of the Leiden Law School (Leiden University). BWILC will provide one night of accommodation in Leiden and (if not otherwise reimbursed) a maximum of 50% of the travel expenses up to EUR 250,- for those invited to give a presentation of their research.

PhD students may apply to present (1) their research proposal, (2) interim results, or (3) a (draft) chapter/article. Apply by filling in this electronic form (see annex with more information) by 31 January 2023, midnight CET. Participation in the workshop is limited to invited PhD students.

Responsibility for the review of applications and the workshop lies with the Board of BWILC: Prof. Matthias Haentjens, Prof. Joeri Vananroye, Prof. Stephan Madaus, Prof. Reinout Vriesendorp and Dr. Paul Omar. Prof. em. Bob Wessels is involved as a patron.


Participants of the PhD Workshop may compete for a prize (EUR 1000, 750 and 500, respectively for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize) as a recognition of the most original presentation. Those applicants invited to give a poster presentation will compete for a prize of EUR 250 for the – overall – most appealing poster.