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December 2022
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Newsletter Chairman's Note

Dear friends and supporters of the ESCL,
The year 2022 is drawing to a close with great strides. This is an occasion for us to thank you for the constructive and successful cooperation in the ESCL - and to dare to look ahead.

The year 2022 had begun with the general hope that the pandemic would finally be fully under control. A lot of good progress was also made here. In the coming winter, Corona will keep us busy, but we have all learned to deal with it well and professionally, and we will cope.

So we hoped for a positive and upward year before Russia's brutal and unjustifiable war of aggression against Ukraine began in February 2022. Since then, this armed conflict has kept us on tenterhooks, massively preoccupying our nations and the European order of values and stability. It seems that we have to learn again that peace in Europe is a particularly important asset that is worthy of special protection. For more than 70 years, this was a condition that we appreciated and valued, but it cannot be taken for granted. These hard days show us this abundantly clear.

The ESCL has continued to pursue its tasks in 2022. As a result of the travel reductions, we have continued to offer the online seminars for all those interested in continuing education in construction law. This format, adapted to the situation, and above all the high quality and topicality of the speakers nud events, have brought us very good attendance figures. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone for their dedicated participation in the preparation and implementation of our diverse lecture program. My special thanks go to our Vice-Chairman Roberto Panetta, who is actively involved in this series of events.

Another important element recently was the further development of the "Dissertation Prize" of ESCL into an "Essay Prize" of ESCL. In this way, far more colleagues, especially younger ones, should have the opportunity to participate in this important competition. This applies to both young scientists and young professionals, who can contribute equally. We hope for a broad perception in the scientific community as well as in the professional world and thus for a broadening of our membership base, but also - as has often happened in recent years - for further outstanding contributions and scientific advancements. Further information can be found on the ESCL website.

It was also gratifying this year that we were able to come together once again in the context of our ESCL conference. For three days we were guests of our colleagues in Sofia. We enjoyed and appreciated the stay, the hospitality and of course the very high quality conference. Best thanks to Adriana Spassova and her team for hosting the meeting in June 2022! Next year we will be able to host in Copenhagen and we are excited to see what topics Ole Hansen as acting president of ESCL and his team will prepare for the meeting. We are looking forward to it.

Even though the past few months have not always been sunny, we all have reason to be confident: Construction - our core sector - creates value. Therein lies its strength compared with many other sectors of the economy. People want to invest in tangible assets, they are looking for security in the long term, they are building on prospects. Let us hope that the new year will see greater security in Europe, in our countries and also in our projects, each of which we are able to support. All this makes it clear to us that all areas of law related to construction will continue to be in demand in the near future. This will give us in the European Society for Construction Law a broad field of activity.

Now, after a thoroughly difficult year, I wish you a merry and contemplative Christmas in the company of your family, as well as health, satisfaction and success in 2023.

With best regards,

Bastian Fuchs

ESCL Chairman
Next ESCL Webinars 2022

The European Society of Construction Law is organizing a Webinar Program that is an initiative aiming at new interesting online events on specific subjects on construction law that will be delivered to a large audience around the globe by way of webinars.
The webinars last 1 hour per each and are addressed to lawyers, engineers, architects and to any other people interested in European Construction Law and alternative dispute resolution methods. Attendance of all webinars is free of charge
The following ESCL Webinars will take place soon:
13 December 2022
6.30-7.30 PM CET
Title: Obtaining Compensation for Covid Claims
Speaker: Paul Varela, Partner at Varela, Lee, Metz and Guarino LLP, Washington D.C.
Moderator: Roberto Panetta, Vice Chairman of the European Society of Construction Law, Managing Partner of Panetta Law Firm
17 January 2023
6.30-7.30 PM CET
Title: Enhancing procedural efficiency in international construction arbitration: tailored approaches and effective case management
Speaker: Giulia Carbone, Counsel at Bredin Prat, Paris
Moderator: Roberto Panetta, Vice Chairman of the European Society of Construction Law, Managing Partner of Panetta Law Firm
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