The University of Oxford (Intellectual Property Research Centre and Institute of European and Comparative Law), in collaboration with the University of Bayreuth (Graduate School "Intellectual Property and the Public Domain"), is organising a two-day conference on the key methodological and institutional issues affecting the development of European private law, with a particular focus on Intellectual Property. By considering seven specific topics relating to the making and impact of European IP Law – namely, models of harmonisation, the pursuit of harmonisation, the creation of European IP courts, the impact of constitutional rights and values on IP, the impact of general EU Law on IP, the relationship between European and national courts, and European (IP) legal methodology/ies – we hope to further understanding of the impact of Europeanisation on the substance and quality of law, the process of law-making in a Europeanised system, and the requirements for a truly “European” legal order. Thus, using IP as a case study in private law Europeanisation, we hope to generate insights of relevance and application within the fields of IP and private law generally, and to help develop a European legal methodology.