The Ravenna Campus of the Department of Juridical Sciences of the University of Bologna (Italy) has been very active, in the past years, in the organisation of Summer Schools dedicated to issues of International, European and Comparative law.


In this context, since 2019, Prof. Michele Angelo Lupoi has started a Program on Cross-Border Disputes, dedicated to the organization of summer schools, conferences, webinars on issues of transnational civil litigation.


As a matter of fact, the relevance of cross-border civil litigation is growing.

The diffusion of world-wide online activities and the globalisation of economic and financial activities lead to the spreading of transnational disputes, which involve issues of jurisdiction, private international law, available remedies, harmonisation of procedural rules.

It is therefore fundamental, for both law students and law practitioners, to become accustomed with this dimension.


In particular, the following Summer Schools have so far been organized in Ravenna:

  • July 2019: “Transnational tort litigation: jurisdiction and remedies
  • July 2021: “Transnational jurisdiction: current issues in civil and commercial matters
  • September 2021: “Cross-border insolvency”
  • July 2022: "Trasnational litigation: between substance and procedure"
  • July 2023: “Cross-border litigation and international arbitration"

In 2024, the Summer School on “Cross-border litigation and international arbitration” will take place from 15 to 20 July.


This year’s program looks at cross-border litigation from a wider perspective, embracing transnational civil and commercial legal matters as well as international arbitration.
While at the core of the program still lies the European space of justice, with its private and procedural international law regulations, the comparative and international perspectives are strengthened, with several lecturers from Third States.


As usual, the approach is both theoretical and practical: as a matter of fact, lectures alternate with workshops which will involve the participants in the solution of cases and problems.


The Faculty of the Summer School is composed of experts from different jurisdictions with very diverse professional backgrounds.


The Summer School is aimed at law students as well as law graduates and law practitioners who want to obtain a specialised knowledge in the increasingly relevant area of transnational civil law.


The lectures will be held in a blended way, both in person and online


The program of the Summer School may be downloaded from the official website at


A certificate of attendance will be released to every participant at the end of the Summer School.


Registrations are open and applicants can register through the procedure described at It is possible to register until 30 June 2024. The registration fee is 300,00 €

Until 9 June 2024 (23.59 CET) those who are entitled to apply to the call for papers can send their applications to try to attend the Summer School free of charge (visit for detailed information).

Early bird registration: the first ten applications to participate will receive a free copy of the book "European judicial cooperation in cross-border litigation", edited by Paolo Biavati and Michele Angelo Lupoi, published by Bologna University Press in 2024. First come, first served! The complimentary copy of the book will be granted upon confirmation of payment of the registration fee.


For information on the Summer School, please contact the Director, Prof. Michele Angelo Lupoi, at; if you need specific information to participate or after the application, please address your e-mail to the Tutor, Michele Sacco, at; speakers are kindly invited to refer only to the Scientific Coordinator, Dott.ssa Francesca Albi, at

The Ravenna Bar Association will grant 20 formative credits to Italian lawyers who participate in the Summer School, which will be indicated also in the certificate of attendance.