Law reform in secured transactions and insolvency proceedings

23 September 2022, Lindner Hotel (Sky Lounge)

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10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. PhD workshop for young researchers with feedback from expert panel

  • prof. Neil Cohen (Brooklyn Law School)
  • prof. Orkun Akseli (University of Manchester)
  • prof. Florence George (UNamur)
  • prof. Matthias Storme (KULeuven)

At the PhD workshop doctoral researchers have the opportunity to present their ongoing research to the expert panel. The PhD workshop aims to create a stimulating environment in which PhD researchers can present their current research and receive valuable feedback from their peers and experts in the field. More information on the PhD workshop and the application process can be found in the call for papers.*​

Furthermore, everyone is welcome to attend the PhD workshop, regardless of their selection as speaker. To participate in the PhD workshop as an attendee, please register here.

*The deadline for the PhD workshop has been extended to 7 September 2022.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Masterclass on law reform in secured transactions and insolvency proceedings

  • prof. Neil Cohen (Brooklyn Law School): Secured Transactions Modernization: Comprehensive Reform or Incrementalism
  • prof. Orkun Akseli (University of Manchester): Secured Transactions in Global Lawmaking
  • prof. Florence George (UNamur): L'incidence de la faillite sur les mécanismes circonstanciels du droit des obligations et les nouvelles sûretés
  • prof. Matthias Storme (KULeuven): Law reform and path dependency

During the masterclass, experts will present on ongoing research concerning law reform in secured transactions and corporate insolvency proceedings. After each presentation the floor will be opened for questions from the audience and there will be room for debate on the various topics. The masterclass is open to everyone, regardless of their participation in the PhD workshop. To attend the masterclass, please register here

5 p.m. Public doctoral defense of Inge Van de Plas 

Retention of title in secured transactions law from a creditor’s perspective – a comparative analysis of (non-)functional approaches

In this PhD, the application of the functional approach (i.e. creating equivalent legal outcomes for functionally similar mechanisms) to retention of title was examined across selected jurisdictions (Belgium, the United States and Germany) and international instruments (the UNCITRAL Guide and model law on secured transactions and the DCFR). Based on this analysis, (1) the selected functional approaches and its application to retention of title are clarified, (2) comparisons are made between retention of title in Belgium and retention of title in the selected jurisdictions and international instruments, (3) the application of the functional approach to retention of title is evaluated and (4) recommendations concerning the regulation of retention of title in Belgian law are formulated.   


All sessions are free, however, places are limited. 


Lindner Hotel

Sky Lounge

Lange Kievitstraat 125

2018 Antwerpen


Registration is mandatory and is possible until 19 september 2022 through this link.

For more information about this event contact prof. Melissa Vanmeenen or Inge Van de Pas.