Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and German available throughout the whole congress.

The congress moderator is Andy Edwards.

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 and House-Keeping
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
Panellists:
Dr. Theo Langheid, Partner BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr
Ben Phi, Phi Finney McDonald
Rissa Revin, CEO DAS Canada, RIAD Board
Prof. Dr. Astrid Stadler, University of Konstanz
EU-Commission, DG JUST, Speaker t.b.c.
Consumers’ representative, Speaker t.b.c.

Evening Event

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-
9h50:
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.
9h50-
10h10:
Prof. Dr. Heribert Hirte, MdB – Member of the German Bundestag, addresses the Congress
Musterfestellungsklage, Collective Redress and Class Action from the Perspective of a German Legislator
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-
13h00:
A European Legislator’s view on the EU Directive on Representative Actions for the Protection of Collective Consumer Interests
Geoffroy Didier, MEP, Rapporteur in the EP on the EU Directive
13h00-
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: Collective Redress/Class Action – A Practical Hands-on-Approach
Panellists:   
Sven Bode, Founder and CEO of myRight
John Byrne, Co-founder and CEO of Therium Ltd
Thomas Kohlmeier, Managing Partner Nivalion
Pat Monks, Attorney at Law, Houston, Texas
Prof. Dr. Domenik H. Wendt, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
RIAD Member, t.b.c
16h40-
17h00:
Wrap up and Conclusions
Simon Warr, RIAD President