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2nd International Equine Law Congress: Legal aspects of horse breeding and trade in foals, semen, embryos and oocytes

Friday, 16 September 2022
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NOVEMBER 11th, 2022

Van der Valk – Amsterdam Zuidas hotel

08:30   Conference check-in opens

09:30   Welcome remarks

Luc Schelstraete, Prof. Zachary Calo (moderator)

09:40    Veterinary developments in horse breeding

Prof. Dr. Tom Stout

10:10   ICSI: how to contract, risks and advantages

Jannie Spanner, Emma Lorenzen

10:40   Coffee break

11:00   CISG, Contracting and transfer of ownership in horse deals regarding foals-semen-embryos-oocytes

Luc Schelstraete, Piotr Wawrzyniak, Prof. Dr. Burghard Piltz

12:30   Lunch break

13:30   VAT aspects of horse breeding

Patrick Vettenburg

14:15   The function of studbooks in current developments in horse breeding

Ralph van Venrooij

14:45       Coffee break

15:00   Actual problems in trading of foals-semen-embryos-oocytes

Bérengère Lacroix, Arnaud Evain

15:30   European Directives on transfer of ownership of (cross-border movement) of foals-semen-embryos-oocytes

Laura Reeves, Vincent Zitman

16:00   Panel discussion

17:00   Reception



Schelstraete Equine Law is expanding

Luc Schelstraete LL.M., managing partner and founder of Schelstraete Equine Law is pleased to announce that over the course of the past ten months the Firm has significantly expanded. 

In November 2021 Piotr Wawrzyniak LL.M. became equity partner and co-managing director of the Firm. Piotr has been in charge of the business division of Schelstraete. He specializes in international contract law, business law and sports law.

Recently, Schelstraete has welcomed to its team: 

I. Prof. dr. Burghard Piltz, a renowned authority in the area of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Burghard Piltz has been appointed Of counsel CISG. In addition Burghard Piltz is a renowned international arbitrator, attorney in Germany and has served many years as the Chairman of the German-Argentinian Chamber of Commerce.

II. Prof. Zachary R. Calo is sports law and arbitration professor at the Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. Prof. Calo, a member of the District of Columbia Bar, is also an international lawyer and arbitrator in Qatar. Prof. Calo has been appointed Of Counsel of the Firm. In addition, prof. Calo shall be in charge of Schelstraete Equine Law Middle East.

III. Laura ter Steeg, a criminal lawyer from Amsterdam who has been appointed the Firm’s Compliance Advisor. Laura is a rising star of the Dutch criminal law. 

IV. Bushra (Al) Wakid from Riyadh, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been appointed as PR Manager of the Middle East. Bushra is an equestrian and has a demonstrated record in the fields of journalism, public relations, and media. Bushra studied English studies at Princess Norah bin Abdulrahman University, and is a researcher in international studies/relations.

New locations of Schelstraete Equine Law

Recognizing and appreciating the international character of the equestrian business and sports and in order to provide an on-going and high level services to the equestrian community, Schelstraete has entered in various cooperation agreements around the world. On this basis various reputable foreign firms and lawyers will lead their equestrian practices as Schelstraete offices in New York, London, Paris and in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar). For more info, check the website


SCHELSTRAETE EQUINE LAW       Amsterdam     powered by Schelstraete Advocaten BV

SCHELSTRAETE EQUINE LAW       London             powered by DKLM

SCHELSTRAETE EQUINE LAW       Middle East     powered by Prof. Z.R. Calo

SCHELSTRAETE EQUINE LAW       New-York        powered by Song.Law

SCHELSTRAETE EQUINE LAW       Paris                 powered by INSCIO Advocats

The founder and managing partner of the Firm Luc Schelstraete stated: “I’m very proud that our niche firm developed into the leading firm in International Equine Law. Piotr Wawrzyniak, myself and our team were not only able to develop the international network but also our knowledge and experience in this niche. We are able to provide all our clients our services in the most important Equine continents”.

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