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The Procedural Reporter
Bulletin of the International Association of Procedural Law

Editor in chief: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Marcel Storme
Responsible managing editor:

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Gottwald

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg, Germany

Tel. (0941) 943 – 2636

Fax (0941) 943 – 2432


Website: February 2006

Despite the fact that our association has been able on two occasions to organise a Congress in Vienna – that is to say in 1953 close to the foundation of the association in Florence in 1953, and then the great Congress in 1999 - we were again invited to participate in a scientific colloquium organised by our Austrian friends and particularly by our colleague Walter Rechberger.
In 2005 we were again invited to Vienna for a remarkable Colloquium devoted to the themes of European Civil Procedural law between Community Law and National Civil Procedural law and Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in the countries which have become the new Member States of the European Union.
These two themes were covered in two whole days, one in Vienna and the other in Budapest, the link between them being made possible by a beautiful cruise on the Danube between these two marvellous European cities.
The first theme involved several sub-themes which were the subject-matter of many excellent introductory presentations by different reporters and were followed by debates which were sometimes very stormy and always fruitful.
In Vienna the Colloquium took place in the beautiful Trautson Palace.
In Budapest we had the opportunity to hear representatives from different new members of the European Union and to hear from them how these new states were trying to adapt, slowly but surely, to the new developments in European law. At the same time they are also taking the necessary steps to incorporate the body of community law into their national legal systems. We heard in turn reports from Slovenia, Poland, the Baltic States, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In Budapest this constellation of reporters was heard in the mirrored hall of the new German-speaking Andrassy University which offers an introduction to European and international law.
It is clear from reading the reports which will be published in the proceedings of the Vienna/Budapest colloquium, that they will show the significance of comparative analysis to everything which is happening in procedural law in Europe both now and in the future.
At the end of the colloquium I was able to announce that we are going to begin in 2006 an approximation of procedural laws in the Baltic States and additionally also in Poland. We have also argued in favour of a re-opening of the work of the working group of which I was chairman from 1987 to 1993, now that 25 states may perhaps in the near future suggest new paths in the domain of the approximation of procedural laws.
The colloquium was preceded by a pre-colloquium devoted exclusively to the preparation of a new codification of civil procedure in Bulgaria. This was also an extremely enriching discussion close to the genesis of this code, where the influence of the Austrian group which is taking part in this codification is extremely remarkable, as is also the receptivity of the Bulgarians, who will also soon be members of the European Community.
The International Association thanks our colleague Walter Rechberger because he has again organised in Vienna with the collaboration of Professor Kengyel of Budapest an extremely successful colloquium.
Although this colloquium was centred upon the procedural law of the European Union and on civil procedure in the new Member States it also attracted considerable support from eminent members of our international association from America, Japan, Canada and Israel. It is good to see the great family of proceduralists from the whole world gathered together at a scientific meeting, and equally important for the future development of procedural law world wide.
The committee of the association must be replaced at the Congress in Salvador de Bahia in order to put in place a rejuvenated and renewed committee. At the Colloquium in Vienna we mourned our great master and Honorary President Mauro Cappelletti who was a great master of comparative civil procedure. We have also lost two great friends and members of the council of the association, Giuseppe Tarzia and Alessandro Pessoa Vaz, and more recently our colleague Cipriano Gomez Lara, who was the chief organiser of our congress in Mexico.



Falleció el 24 noviembre nuestro eminente colega Cipriano Gómez Lara, a consecuencia de un ataque cardíaco, en su ciudad natal de México. Es una gran pérdida para el mundo jurídico, y en particular para nuestra Asociación, de la cual Cipriano fue, a lo largo de muchos años, un miembro muy activo.
Nacido en 1932, ejerció numerosos cargos y funciones en el campo del derecho y de la administración pública. Estudió en Italia, en la Università degli Studi di Roma (1955-6), con Antonio Segni y Giovanni Leone. Profesor de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México desde 1964, fue titular de la materia Derecho Procesal Civil desde 1966 y Presidente del Colegio de Profesores de derecho procesal de dicha Facultad; en esa calidad, coordinó y realizó varios cursos importantes. Fue también profesor de materias procesales, a partir de 1990, en la Universidad Panamericana, tanto en su plantel de la Ciudad de México, como en el de Guadalajara, y venía impartiendo las cátedras de Teoría General del Proceso y Derecho Procesal Civil, desde 1998, en el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Entre sus cargos no académicos se pueden mencionar el de Secretario de la Comisión Nacional de Inversiones Extranjeras y Director General de Inversiones Extranjeras en el Gobierno Federal (1977-8), Magistrado del Tribunal Federal Electoral, Sala Central (1990-5), y Consejero del Consejo de la Judicatura del Distrito Federal (1995-9).
Produjo Cipriano una extensa obra científica, en la cual se incluyen la Teoría General del Proceso y el Derecho Procesal Civil, libros de texto en la mayoría de las facultades de derecho de su país, además de numerosos artículos, ensayos, ponencias y otros trabajos menores. Coordinó asimismo la revista Cuadernos Procesales, órgano del Colegio Nacional de Profesores de Derecho Procesal, que él impulsó y presidió. Tradujo en español, entre otras obras, El control de la constitucionalidad de las leyes en el derecho comparado, de Mauro Cappelletti.
Cipriano participó en muchísimos congresos y coloquios académicos, nacionales e internacionales, sobre derecho procesal, inclusive en calidad de relator y ponente. Era miembro titular de los Institutos Mexicano y Iberoamericano de Derecho Procesal y de la Asociación Internacional de Derecho Procesal. Nuestra Asociación le es deudora del excelente trabajo de preparación y organización del XII Congreso Mundial de Derecho Procesal, celebrado en 2003 en la Ciudad de México.
Su esposa Karin y sus hijas Carina, Lili y Regina acompañaban com frecuencia a Cipriano y han conquistado la amistad de todos cuantos han tenido la suerte de conocerles. Nuestra Asociación se adhiere a las manifestaciones de pesar que el fallecimiento de tan ilustre jurista y extraordinario ser humano viene suscitando dentro y fuera de su país.
José Carlos Barbosa Moreira

We are saddened to report the death of Arthur T. von Mehren, who died on January 16, 2006 at the age of 83. Professor von Mehren had been a member of the Harvard Law School faculty for more than fifty years. He was born in Minnesota but lived in Europe for three years after finishing law school and studied law in France, Germany and Switzerland. He was a leading authority on comparative law, international law, and conflicts of law, and was well known by many members of our Association. His study of German and American civil procedure has been regarded as a classic example of comparative procedure scholarship. His most recent book was Theory and Practice of Adjudicatory Authority in Private International Law: A Comparative Study of the Doctrine, Policies and Practices of Common- and Civil- Law Systems (2003). The book is an up-dated version of the General Course on Private International law that Professor von Mehren gave at the Hague Academy of Law in 1996. According to one reviewer, Professor Stephen Burbank, the work demonstrated “astonishing depth and range.”

We mourn the passing of Professor von Mehren and salute his many accomplishments.

Oscar Chase


For the XIII World Congress of Procedural Law

(Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 16-21 September 2007)
For the first time the program of the next world congress includes an open afternoon (20 September). Any member of the International Association who wants to present to the general audience any procedural theme of transnational interest (not touched by the main subjects of the congress) is kindly requested to inform the President or the Executive Secretary General of it by 31 August 2006 and to send his or her paper to one of them by 31 August 2007.


1. Theme:

The Reception and Transmission of Civil Procedural Law in the Global Society – Legislative and Legal Educational Assistance to Other Countries in Procedural Law”

In modern times the civil procedural laws of every country have been influenced by those of other countries. The Japanese legal system was itself influenced by Chinese culture and later developed independently under the policy of national isolation. However, after the Meiji revolution of 1868 Japan was however urged by Western countries to establish a modern legal system. Since that time Japan has modernised its civil procedural law, using French, German and American law as its models. Japan has recently tried to contribute by way of legislative and legal educational assistance to other Asian countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.) in civil and procedural law. The civil procedural laws of different countries should be expected to harmonize with each other in the Global Society. At the 2006 Kyoto Congress the reporters will be asked to discuss a contemporary legal problem in their own civil procedural system under the Congress title of “The Reception and Transmission of Civil Procedural Law in the Global Society – Legislative and Legal Educational Assistance to other Countries in Procedural Law”
2. Date:

20th September: Pre-Session

21st and 22nd September: Main-Session

23rd September Excursion

3. Congress Venue:

Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto/Japan (

Soshikan Conference Hall (max 150)
4. Organizer:

    The International Association of Procedure Law

    Ritsumeikan Univesity

    5. Sponsorship:

    The Law Society of Ritsumeikan University

    The Society of Civil Procedure Law in Japan

6. Languages:

Japanese and English

7. Congress Secretariat:

Prof. Dr. Masahisa Deguchi

Law Faculty of Ritsumeikan University 56-1 Tojiin Kitamachi Kita-ku

Kyoto-shi 603-8577 Japan

Tel. 0081-75-466-3002

Fax: 0081-75-465-8294
8. Registration Secretariat (Hotel & Congress):


Tel. 0081-75-223-5575

As of the end of February 2006, the Registration Form will be available on the IAPL website.


9. Fee: for the participants

Congress: Before May 31: 15,000 yen

After June 01: 20,000 yen

including materials, two lunches, coffee breaks and two receptions

Banquet: 10,000 yen

Excursion: 10,000 yen (including lunch and Dinner)

20th, September 2006
11:00 Registration at Ritsumeikan University

13:30 “Forum on New Legal Education Method in the Global Society” organized by the Law Association of Ritsumeikan University

13:40 Opening Ceremony:

Welcome Address:

Vice-President Prof. Kimio Yakushiji (Ritsumeikan University)

14:00 Chairman: Prof. Koushi Yamaguchi (Ritsumeikan University)

14:30 Prof. Masahisa Deguchi (Ritsumeikan University)

“Legal Education for Global Citizen Lawyer”

15:00 Wolfgang Lueke (TU Dresden)

“Europeanizing of Law and Higher Education – the Effects on German Legal

Education in the field of Procedural Law”

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Prof. Zhao Haifeng (Harbin Institute of Technology)

“Exploration of New Legal Education Method in China”

16:30 Prof. Veronica Taylor (University of Washington)

17:00 Prof. Michele Lupoi (Bologna University)

17:30 Discussion

18:00 Prof. Marcel Storme (Gent University)

18:10 Dean Prof. Masato Ichikawa (Ritsumeikan University School of Law)

18:15 Welcome Reception by Ritsumeikan University Law Society

“The Reception and Transmission of Civil Procedure Law – from the Aspect of Legislative and Legal Educational Assistance to Other Countries in Procedural Law”
21st, September 2006

09:00 Opening Speech

Prof. Masahisa Deguchi (Ritsumeikan University)

09:05 President of JALCP Prof. Hiroyuki Matsumoto (Osaka City University)

09:10 President of IAPL Prof. Marcel Storme

09:25 Chairman: Prof. Dieter Leipold (Freiburg University)

09:30 Japan: Prof. Hiroyuki Matsumoto (Osaka City University)

“The Reception and Transmission of Japanese Civil Procedure”

10:15 China: Prof. Wang Yaxing (Tsinghua University)

“The Diversified Origins of Civil Procedure in China and Influences Received from Foreign Law in Globalization Time”

11:00 Coffee Break

11:25 Korea: Prof. Prof. Moon-Hyuck Ho (Seoul National University)

“The Reception and Transmission of Civil Procedure Law – Experience in

Korea and Important Points to be considered”

12:00 Lunch

13.30 Chairman: Prof. Peter Gottwald (Regensburg University)

13:35 Holland: Prof. Rhee van Remco (Maastricht University)

“The Role of Foreign Models in the Modernisation of Dutch Civil Procedural Law”

14:20 Finnland: Prof. Sakari Laukkanen (Lapland University)

„The Influence of Foreign Laws in the Development of Finnish Law of


15:05 Coffee Break

16:05 Prof. Kazuo Watanabe/Ada Pellegrini Grinover (St.Paulo University)

“The Reception and Transmission of Civil Procedure Law in Brazil”

16:50 Discussion

17:30 Reception at Ritsumeikan Lawyer Association

22nd, September 2006

09:00 Chairman: Prof. Oskar Chase (NYU)

09:05 Germany: Prof. Hanns Pruetting (Koeln University)

“International sources of German Civil Procedure”

09:50 France: Loic Cadiet (Paris I University)

“International sources of French Civil Procedure”

10:35 Coffee Break

10:50 Hungary: Dr. Istvan Varga (Budapest University)

“Civil Law and Common Law Influences on Hungarian Procedural

Legislation and Education”

12:35 Lunch

14:00 Chairman: Prof. Yasuhei Taniguchi (Senshu University)

14:05 England: Prof. Neil Andrews (Cambridge University)

“English Civil Procedure in the Perspective of European and Transnational


15:50 Russia: Prof. Dmitri Maleshin (Moscow State University)

“New Russian Civil Procedure in the Context of Cross-Cultural Interaction”

16:35 Coffee Break

16:50 USA: Prof. Peter Murray (HLS)

“American – Foreign Procedural Law Dialogue – Does It Go Both Ways?”

17:15 Discussion

18:15 Closing Ceremony: Prof. Marcel Storme (Gent University)

20:00 Banquet
23rd, September 2006

09:00 Excursion to Hiei Mountain and Lake Biwa

18:00 Dinner at the Hosomi Museum


(Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 16-21 September 2007)

on New Trends in Procedural Law

16 September 2007

15:00 Opening Session

17:00-19:00 Tribute to Mauro Cappelletti

Marcel Storme

Federico Carpi

José Carlos Barbosa Moreira

20:00 Welcome Cocktail (free)
17 September 2007

09:00-13:00 Theme 1 - Specific Procedures (International Sport, WTO-Dispute Settlement, ICSID-Arbitration, a.s.o.)

Yashuei Taniguchi (Japan)

Ulrich Haas (Germany)

Andreas Lowenfeld (USA)

15:00-19:00 Theme 2 – Information Technology on litigation

Garry D. Watson (Canada)

Emmanuel Jeuland (France)

President-Synthesis Reporter: Angel Landoni Sosa (Uruguay)
18 September 2007

09:00-13:00 Theme 3 – New Trends in Pre-action

Neil Andrews (UK)

Bart Groen (Holland)

President-Synthesis Reporter: José Roberto dos Santos Bedaque (Brazil) Free Afternoon

19 September 2007

09:00-13:00 Theme 4 – New Trends in Insolvency Proceedings

Edoardo F. Ricci (Italy)

Jay Westbrook (USA)

President-Synthesis Reporter: Peter Gottwald (Germany)

15:00-19:00 Theme 5 – New Trends in Standing and Res Iudicata in collective suits

Ada Pellegrini Grinover (Brazil)

Linda Mullenix (USA)

President-Synthesis Reporter: Kazuo Watanabe (Brazil)
20 September 2007

09:00-13:00 Theme 6 – New Trends in Illegal Evidence in Criminal Procedure

Teresa Armenta Deu (Spain)

William Van Caenegen (Australia)

President-Synthesis Reporter: Antonio Magalhães Gomes Filho (Brazil)

15:00-19:00 Open afternoon

Call for papers

19:00-20:00 Closing Session

21:00 Official dinner (free for the members of IAPL)
21 September 2007

Trip to the islands of Bahia de Todos os Santos (free for the members of IAPL)

(1) Marcel Storme/Federico Carpi (eds.), In Honorem Mauro Cappelletti (1927-2004). Tribute to an International Procedural Lawyer, Kluwer Law International, the Hague, 2005 (ISBN 90-411-2443-8)
(2) Nicolo Trocker/Vincenzo Varano (eds.), The Reforms of Civil Procedure in Comparative Perspective, G. Giappichelli Ed., Torino, 2005

(Papers of an International Conference dedicated to Mauro Cappelletti, Florence, 12-13 December, 2003) (ISBN 88-348-5325-3)

(3) Marcel Storme/Cipriano Gómez Lara (eds.), XII Congresso Mundial de Derecho Procesal, Vol I-IV, México, 2005 (ISBN obra completa 970-32-2687-6)

The 4 volumes of the acts can be purchased directly from Insituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM visiting its web page: . Making a click in “TIENDA”, and another click in “INDICE DE PRODUCTOS”, where at the end of the list appear the 4 volumes of the ACTS:

The prices are, in US $ as follows:

VOL. I 26.79; VOL. II 17.86 VOL. III 23.21 VOL. IV 21.43

For any additional information, please consult the e-mails:
(4) Loïc Cadiet/Emmanuel Jeuland/Thomas Clay (eds.), Médiation & Arbitrage. Alternative Dispute Resolution. Alternative à la justice on justice alternative?, Perspectives comparatives. Lexis Nexis. Litec, Paris, 2005, pp. 442 (ISBN 2 7110 0584 4)
(5) Walter Rechberger/Th. Klicka (eds.), Procedural Law on the Threshold of a New Millenium, XI. World Congress of Procedural Law, Schriftenreihe des Center for Legal Competence Bd. 3, Manz, Vienna 2002, 555 p. (ISBN 3-214-00076-4)
(6) Marcel Storme (ed.), Procedural Laws in Europe – Towards Harmonization, Maklu, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn, 2003, 472 p. (ISBN 90-6215-881-1)

(Papers of the International Colloquium in Brussels of October 2001)

(7) Marcel Storme/Burkhard Heß (ed.), Discretionary Power of the Judge: Limits and Control, Bibliothek van Gerechtelijk Recht, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2003, 675 p.

(Papers of the International Colloquium in Gent, April 2000)

(8) Torbjörn Andersson (ed.), Parallel and Conflicting Enforcement of Law, Norstedts Juridik AB, Stockholm, 2005, 300 pp. (ISBN 90-04-14762-4) € 95,- (Papers of the colloquium in Uppsala)
(9) Oscar Chase, Law, Culture, And Ritual. Disputing Systems in Cross-Cultural Context. NYU-Press, New York, 2005 (ISBN 0-8147-1651-2)
(10) Peter Gottwald (ed.), Effektivität des Rechtsschutzes vor staatlichen und privaten Gerichten, Gieseking, Bielefeld, 2006, 253 S. (ISBN 3-7694-0982-5) (Papers of the Conference in Warsaw of April 2005)

You can find actual information on the activities of the International Association on our website:

Subscriptions of members are now due or the period April 2004 – March 2007. The rate of subscription is US$ 65 or Euros 50 or £ 35 per annum. The Presidium would be grateful if members could subscribe for three years at once since; this saves bank charges.

Subscriptions may be sent directly to the following account:

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