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Core Activities

A breakdown of PEOPIL’s core activities and objectives

PEOPIL participates in the development of EU legislation

PEOPIL formulated written submissions in response to the European Commission Green Papers on Liability for defective products, Legal Aid and on Compensation to Crime Victims and was invited by the European Commission to participate in the hearings regarding the above papers.
Other more recent submissions include:

  • PEOPIL response to Working Document on the Council Directive 90/314/Eec (13 June 1990 On Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours)
  • Determining The Competent Court And What Law To Apply In Cases Of Civil Wrongs: The Case Of Road Traffic Accidents (2 December 2008 on behalf of PEOPIL at the European Parliament)

Currently we are working on the PEOPIL response to the ROME II and Brussels I consultations, among others. 

Organising international events

Past events include Annual Conferences in:
1996 Runnymede (England, UK 1996), Amsterdam (Netherlands 1997, 2019), Barcelona (Spain 1998), Brussels (Belgium 1999), Paris (France 2000, 2018), Munich (Germany 2001), Rome (Italy 2002), Dublin (Ireland 2003, 2023), Budapest (Hungary 2004), Copenhagen (Denmark 2005, 2022), Antwerp (Belgium 2006), Prague (Czech Rep 2007), Valencia (Spain 2008), St Julians (Malta 2009), Geneva (Switzerland 2010), Krakow (Poland 2011), Berlin (Germany 2012), Malaga (Spain 2013, 2021),Vienna (Austria 2014), Edinburgh (Scotland 2015), Madrid (Spain 2016), London (England 2017).
The programmes from 2012 to date can be found on the previous conferences page.

Other conferences were held in:
Turin (Italy 2000, 2013), Innsbruck (Austria 2001), Lisbon (Portugal 2002), Granada (Spain 2003), Rotterdam (Netherlands 2004), London (England 2005, 2012, 2014), Innsbruck (Austria 2006), Edinburgh (Scotland 2007, 2016, 2023), Porto (Portugal 2008), Toulouse (France 2008), Munich (Germany 2008, 2009, 2017), Lisbon (Portugal 2013), Malaga (Spain 2013, 2015, 2017, 2022), Amsterdam (Netherlands 2014), , Copenhagen (Denmark 2015), Bari (Italy 2016), Dublin (Ireland 2018), Barcelona (Spain 2018), Prague (Czech Rep. 2018), Frankfurt (Germany 2019), Manchester (England 2019), Palma de Mallorca (Spain 2022), Bucharest (Romania 2022), Florence (Italy, 2023).


PEOPIL is committed to building links with other European and non-European organisations.

PEOPIL maintains official contacts with many organisations across Europe and indeed the world.

For example, PEOPIL has official contacts with APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) in the United Kingdom, AAJ (American Association for Justice) in the USA and ALA (Australian Law Association) in Australia and others.

More information can be found on the “Partners” page.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

PEOPIL has established Special Interest Groups that deal with more specialist legal issues.
We currently have the following groups:

  • Aviation 
  • COVID Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Medical Negligence
  • New Lawyers Group
  • Occupational Health
  • Product Liability, Pharmaceutical and Mass Tort
  • RTA and Whiplash 
  • Tourism and Sports 

PEOPIL also runs a so called Tort Reform Group that monitors European and national legislation and an Academic Committee that is responsible for producing new publications to facilitate the daily work of practitioners across Europe.