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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. And there are many more: have a look at the documents section on this website and filter for Position papers.

Organising international events

Past events include:
Annual Conferences 1996 Runnymede (England, UK 1996), Amsterdam (Netherlands 1997), Barcelona (Spain 1998), Brussels (Belgium 1999), Paris (France 2000), Munich (Germany 2001), Rome (Italy 2002), Dublin (Ireland 2003), Budapest (Hungary 2004), Copenhagen (Denmark 2005), Antwerp (Belgium 2006, 2007), Prague (Czech Rep 2007), Valencia (Spain 2008), St Julians (Malta 2009), Geneva (Switzerland 2010) and Krakow (Poland 2011).

Past seminars include:
Turin (Italy 2000), Innsbruck (Austria 2001), Lisbon (Portugal 2002), Granada (Spain 2003), Rotterdam (Netherlands 2004), London (UK 2005), Innsbruck (Austria 2006), Edinburgh (Scotland, UK 2007), Porto (Portugal 2008), Toulouse (France 2008), Munich (Germany 2008, 2009).


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 the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Verkehrsrecht (working group Traffic Law), ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club e.V.), APIL the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and FOIL, the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, in the United Kingdom. the AAJ in the U.S.A. and ALA in Australia and many others.

Special Interest Groups

PEOPIL has established so called European Exchange Groups that deal with more specialist legal issues. The following groups have been established:

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

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.

Executive & General Board