Please note that the programme is work in progress and subject to change

Thursday, 7 Nov. 2019

The first half day of our congress will give an overview of the various systems of collective redress/class action, discussion of advantages, disadvantages and difficulties involved.

13h00-
14h00:
Lunch and Registration
14h00-
14h15:
Opening Address
Andy Edwards, Congress Moderator
14h15-
14h25:
Welcome to Delegates
Simon Warr, RIAD President
14h25-
15h10:
Key Note: Collective Redress/Class Action –
What is it and where does it come from?
Prof. Dr. Astrid Stadler, University of Konstanz
15h10-
15h30:
Musterfeststellungsklage: 
A Practical Example from Germany
Dr. Theo Langheid, Partner BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr, Cologne
15h30-
15h50:
Class Action: 
A Practical Example from Australia
Odette McDonald, Phi Finney McDonald
Ben Phi, Phi Finney McDonald
15h50-
16h00:
Short Break
16h00-
17h00:
Panel: Collective Redress/Class Action SWOT Analysis
High level experts discuss strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Collective Redress/Class Action   

Evening

18h30-
21h30:
Networking Cocktail & Dinner
Gin Bar – Palace Hotel 
Dr. Carlo Isola, Co-founder of RIAD, speaks on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Association

Friday, 8 Nov. 2019

The second day of our congress will look at regulatory aspects, in particular the EU Directive on Representative Actions for the Protection of Collective Consumer Interests and possible impediments for legal protection insurers under the Solvency II Directive, coordination and financing of collective redress procedures.

9h00-
9h10:
Recap following the First Day
Andy Edwards, Congress Moderator
9h10-
9h25:
Opening Address
Speaker t.b.c.
9h25-
10h10:
Key Note: The EU Directive on Representative Actions for the Protection of Collective Consumer Interests – How will it work? 
Presentation by EU Commission, DG JUST, Speaker t.b.c.
10h10-
10h30:
Coffee Break
10h30-
11h15:
Key Note: Collective Redress/Class Action and the Free Choice of Lawyers –
A Contradiction?
Prof. Dr. Domenik H. Wendt, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
11h15-
12h00:
Working Groups – Break out
12h00-
12h30:
Working Groups’ Conclusions: Presentation and Discussion
12h30-
14h00:
Lunch
14h00-
14h25:
How does myRight organise its Campaigns and are there Synergies with Legal Protection Insurers?
Sven Bode, Founder and CEO of myRight
14h25-
14h55:
Nivalion: How does Litigation Funding work?
Thomas Kohlmeier, Managing Partner Nivalion
Dr. Daniel Bill, Director Litigation Funding Nivalion
14h55-
15h15:
Litigation Funding – A case study from the UK
John Byrne, Co-founder and CEO of Therium Ltd.
15h15-
15h40:
Coffee Break
15h40-
16h40:
Panel: What is the Optimum of Collective Redress/Class Action?
Experts will discuss how these procedures can best serve consumers and how Legal Protection Insurers can support their customers
16h40-
17h00:
Wrap up and Conclusions
Simon Warr, RIAD President