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EuSoCo Conference: Programme (Hamburg, Wednesday 18 May 2011)

May 16, 2011 By: Admin Category: 2011 Hamburg

Dear partners of EuSoCo,

We will now meet with 17 persons on Wednesday 18th of May 2011 in Hamburg. (University of Hamburg Welckerstr.8 R 217). Annexed you find the latest programme, our memorandum, participants, tentative principles and a detailed Table of Contents proposed for our publication.


We look forward to seeing you all next week in Hamburg.


Reifner Buy or Rent – Structure of Social Long Term Contracts

May 13, 2011 By: udo.reifner Category: 2011 Hamburg



EuSoCo Conference: Hamburg – Organisational information (maps: Tuesday evening/hotels/venue for Wednesday)

May 11, 2011 By: Admin Category: 2011 Hamburg

Map of Hotels in Hamburg and venue for the 18th

Map for evening meet-up Tuesday 17th

EuSoCo Newsletter – January 2011

January 25, 2011 By: Admin Category: 1.3 General & discussions, 3. Meetings

The January 2011 EuSoCo newsletter provides a brief update of where we stand and what our plans are.It also contains a draft declaration which the Group is thinking about submitting to the European Commission Consultation on its Green Paper on the options for a European contract law.

EuSoCo Newsletter 1, 2011

EuSoCo Agenda Hamburg July 1,2010 + Draft Programme

June 30, 2010 By: udo.reifner Category: 2010 Hamburg

Time Area Title
08:20 Hotel Pick-up for Bus Ride to University
09:00 Intro Welcome, Agenda/technical details (protocol; time-table; choose discussion leaders)
Memorandum discussion (1 page proposal on the table)
09:30 DCFR Prospects for a European Contract Law: State of the Procedure: CES 26th Regime; DG Justice;
Consumer Law and DCFR
Labour Law and DCFR
10:30 Theory Lifetime, Relational or Long Term?
Social: Protective; Informed; Social Policy?
Basis Legal Forms: Rent, Credit or Service Contract?
13:00 Lunch at Arkadash Restaurant
14:00 Principles Early Termination: dismissal, early termination, eviction protection
Price Controls: Rent Control, Minimum Wages, Usury Ceilings
15:30 Coffee break
15:45 Adaptation: procdures, rights, interdictions
Participatory Procedures: collective, protective …
Access and Information – Neo-liberal challenges: the consumer law trap
Consumer or Credit Law?
17:00 To Dos Legal Expert Group – Support Bob Schmitz
Contact with Trade Unions, Consumer and Tenancy Associations on a European Level – Who? What?
Next Meeting 2010 pr 2011? Where?
Publication of a Reader? Again: Memorandum
18:00 End We meet at 20:00 in a St Georg’s Restaurant (Casa di Roma, Lange Reihe 70) (near Your hotel)


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Second Meeting Hamburg July 1, 2010 Invitation

June 27, 2010 By: udo.reifner Category: 2010 Hamburg

Welcome to the second meeting of the European Social Contract Law (EuSoCo) project in Hamburg July 1, 2010. Consumer, Tenant and Labour Lawyers are late to discuss European Contract Law.

15 scholars from different member states of the European Union  will come to Hamburg and be hosted by iff and the University of Hamburg.  The meeting is in connection with the European Conference on Responsible Credit which will take place on July 2 and 3 at the chamber of commerce in Hamburg where the project will also be presented on one of its workshops.  In short also the book A Factual Assessment of the Draft Common Frame of Reference (more…)

Lifetime Contracts and the Draft Common Frame of Reference – Update of the Trento Agenda

June 25, 2010 By: udo.reifner Category: 1.3 General & discussions, 2010 Hamburg

Udo Reifner/Luca Nogler


The following points have been updated from the paper presented at the Trento seminar on September 25, 2009. We use the notion “lifetime contracts” as a working definition for social longterm contracts like labour, tenancy and consumer (credit) contracts. From a political perspective we should relate to “economic and social interest covered by labour, consumer and tenancy law” . This relates to the existing social associations (trade unions, consumer organisations and tenancy associations) as well as to the correponding law associations (Int.Labour Law; IACL; Deutscher Mietrechtstag etc) providing our project with the chance to political support and a link to the social movement. Since the concept of consumer law is quite unclear covering a mere market orientation in its neo-liberal information model on one hand while on the other it also covers what is called “the economic interest” of consumers which coincides with “debtor’s protection” especially present in credit law we should make it clear that our focus on consumer law is economic and social and not informational. (more…)

Trento Meeting: Powerpoint presentation on the Blog and FP7

September 27, 2009 By: Admin Category: 1.3 General & discussions, 2009 Trento

Click here to see Trento Meeting slides on Blog and FP7

Reifner, Agenda for Trento Meeting and material to help discussion “Social Contracts in Europe”

September 22, 2009 By: Admin Category: 2009 Trento, 3. Meetings

Here is the link to the document prepared by Udo Reifner: Trento Meeting Sept 2009 (Reifner slides)

Below is the suggested preliminary schedule for the Meeting (comments, amendments welcome).

Suggested Programme: EuSoCo Meeting – Trento September 25, 2009

9.00 Welcome

-Agenda, Protocol, Technical

9.15-10.00 Purpose and Goals

-brainstorming (DCFR, language, publication, proposal, politics, participants)

10.15-11.00 Social Contracts

-What is it? Intro + Discussion

11.15-12.00 Issues for Research

-horizontal or vertical approach, theory and application,

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-14.00 Research Grants

-Where and How? Website, Communication, Meetings (Sebastien), support?

14.00-15.30 Work in Groups

-European Contract Law Antoniolli/Nyberg/Perez/Nicolussi

-Labour Law Dockes/Kocher/Nogler/Pilgersdorfer

-Consumer Credit LawHuls/Howells/Reifner

15.45-17.00 Reports and Gen. Discussion

17.15-18.15 Workplan

-Who? When? What? (March 2010 first pub. BOD?, Research Proposal, Coord., next meeting)

Huls, Self-Regulation and Over-Indebtedness (Draft)

September 21, 2009 By: udo.reifner Category: 2009 Trento, Credit Law

Regulation and self regulation in the fight against over-indebtedness in the Netherlands. A socio-legal and economic anlysis.

Draft, Do not quote

Paper for the Conference in Chemnitz, March 26 –28 2009 on Overindebtedness: Everyday Risk in Modern Societies? Theoretical Aspects and Empirical Findings in International perspective (download)

Plus addendum for EUCOSO Trento, 25 –26 September 2009

Plan for future research in the light of the credit crisis

Nick Huls & Nadja Jungmann, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Comments are welcome, please mail them to

1. Introduction

In this paper we pick up the thread from two earlier joint publications. In 2003 we discussed the creation of the WSNP (Debt Rescheduling (Natural Persons) Act) and the legal evaluation by the WODC (Research and Documentation Centre)

in 2001. In our 2009 publication we discussed the most important findings from Nadja Jungmann’s dissertation: the significant decline in the success rate of the voluntary trajectory, the insufficient policy theory of the legislator, and the strategic behaviour of municipalities (withdrawal), creditors (saying ‘no’ to the voluntary trajectory is cheaper) and assistance workers (bureaucratisation of implementation). In this third paper we discuss the way in which the debt problems and credit lending are addressed and/or managed in the Netherlands by a combination of government and self regulation. (more…)