ESCL Annual Conference 2017 - Building Information Modeling (BIM)

In 2017, the European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) will hold its annual conference at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The conference will take place on November 3, 2017, and will be chaired jointly by Professor Hubert Stoeckli, the current President of ESCL, and Professor Martin Beyeler, both of the University of Fribourg.

The Topic of the 2017 Conference

The focus of this year’s conference will be on BIM (Building Information Modeling). BIM is far more than just a new design tool. By encouraging contractor involvement at an early stage of construction planning and promoting a much higher degree of transparency and accessibility of design information, BIM clearly has the potential to profoundly change the way the construction industry operates. While BIM is already beginning to take root in many countries around the world, a wide range of questions remain to be addressed. The ESCL conference will provide a forum for discussing those issues from a comparative perspective, offering deeper insight into the changes taking place – helping you to more fully understand the direction in which things are moving and be better prepared for the legal challenges to come.

The program will include in-depth talks on selected issues related to BIM as well as country reports from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Romania, and the UK.

The Program

November 2, 2017
Meet and greet
We will take you on a guided tour through the medieval part of the city of Fribourg and enjoy drinks and jazz music at Le Tunnel, a traditional Fribourg restaurant in the old part of town. This gives us all an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones.

November 3, 2017
The Conference
We very much hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to discuss the legal implications of BIM in a truly international setting. 

For all those accompanying you, we will organize an excursion to the scenic Fribourg countryside which will be worth their while. 

November 3, 2017
Festive Dinner
We would like to invite all of you to a festive dinner at Aigle Noir, a beautiful restaurant overlooking the old part of the city.

November 4, 2017
Time for the Presidents' meeting. There will be plenty of things to discuss and coffee, too.


For more detailed information on the program and the speakers please check our flyer (see below). For registration please use the registration form (see below).

Hotels in Fribourg

This link will lead you to hotels in and around Fribourg. Remember that Fribourg is beautiful but small so that almost everything is within walking distance.

We all at the Institute of Swiss and International Construction Law are looking forward to welcoming you soon at the University of Fribourg.


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