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Symposium The Belgian Reform of Succession Law from a Comparative Perspective


17 mrt 2017 09.30 uur - 17.00 uur

Oude Gevangenis

Universiteit Hasselt

campus Hasselt

Martelarenlaan 42

3500 Hasselt

The overall reform of succession law is high on the Belgian political agenda. The goal is not only to modernise succession law in light of the increasing number of recomposed families but also to create an enlarged freedom of disposition for the testator.

The Minister for Justice set up a working group of experts and they formulated a set of priorities: expanding the possibility of concluding agreements regarding succession, curtailment of the statutory portion, a change of rules relating to the restitution or bringing into account of gifts and the introduction of a succession law in value instead of in kind.

During this symposium we shall discuss the intended Belgian reform of succession law from a comparative perspective. Experts from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain will shed light on how the aforementioned objectives are dealt with in their legal system. The closing speech will be held by the Minister for Justice.

Participation is free, but registration is obligatory.


09.30 Welcome address
  Prof. Dr. Johan Ackaert, Dean Faculty of Law UHasselt
09.50 The Reform of Succession Law in Belgium – status quaestionis
  Prof. Dr. Charlotte Declerck, UHasselt
10.30 Comparative law - France
  Prof. Dr. Véronique Barabé-Bouchard, Université de Rennes
11.10 Break
11.30 Comparative law - Spain & Catalonia
  Prof. Dr. Myriam Anderson, Universitat de Barcelona
12.10 Lunch
13.30 Comparative law - Germany
  Prof. Dr. Anatol Dutta, Universität Regensburg
14.10 Comparative law - The Netherlands
  Prof. Dr. Wilbert Kolkman, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
14.50 Break
15.10 Comparative law - England & Wales
  Prof. Dr. Roger Kerridge, University of Bristol
15.50 Discussion and Concluding Remarks
  Prof. Dr. Charlotte Declerck, UHasselt
16.30 Closing speech by Prof. Dr. Koen Geens, minister of Justice
17.00 Closing reception

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