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English Law and EU Law: Still Two Separate Worlds?

On the occasion of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, Instituto Cervantes London is hosting a debate on the differences and similarities of the English and European Union legal systems.

English Law and EU Law: Still Two Separate Worlds?

A debate at Instituto Cervantes London

Venue: Instituto Cervantes London, 15-19 Devereux Court WC2R 3JJ, London

Tickets available here. 

In person & online streaming (choose between both options when you book your ticket)

Keynote speaker: John Sorabji, Associate Professor at UCL

Event in English chaired by Bénédicte Paviot, UK Correspondent for FRANCE 24 and Chair of the UK Advisory Board of Reporters Without Borders (RSF)


3:30pm – Registration

4:00pm – Welcome remarks by Víctor Ugarte, Director, Instituto Cervantes London

4:05pm – Judicial Proceedings in Common and Civil Law: Searching for Common Bases by Jordi Nieva

4:20pm – Bridging the Gap Between Common and Civil Law: An Expert Witness in Spanish Law before UK Courts by Lluís Carreras

4:35pm – Retained EU Law and the Heritage of EU Law in the British Judiciary: A New Hybrid Law? by Estelle Cros

4:50pm – Continental and English Civil Procedure – Differences without Distinctions by John Sorabji

5:15pm – Debate and Q&A

5:55pm – Closing remarks by Oliver Chapman, International Policy Adviser for Europe and the CIS region, The Law Society of England and Wales

6:00pm – Drinks

Instituto Cervantes London is located in Temple, the traditional home of the world of English law.

With the support of

  • Embassy of Spain to the United Kingdom
  • Embassy of France to the United Kingdom
  • Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom
  • British Spanish Law Association


Instituto Cervantes – Auditorium
102 Eaton Square
London, SW1W 9AN United Kingdom


Instituto Cervantes


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Instituto Cervantes London