European Private International Law


Geert van Calster has just published the third edition of the book titled “European Private International Law: Commercial Litigation in the EU” with Hart.

European Private International Law

The blurb reads as follows:

This classic textbook provides a thorough overview of European private international law. It is essential reading for private international law students who need to study the European perspective in order to fully get to grips the subject.
Opening with foundational questions, it clearly explains the subject’s central tenets: the Brussels I, Rome I and Rome II Regulations (jurisdiction, applicable law for contracts and tort). Additional chapters explore the Succession Regulation, private international law and insolvency, freedom of establishment, and the impact of PIL on corporate social responsibility. The new edition includes a new chapter on the Hague instruments and an opening discussion on the impact of Brexit.
Drawing on the author’s rich experience, the new edition retains the book’s hallmarks of insight and clarity of expression ensuring it maintains its position as the leading textbook in the field.


The purpose of the book is to serve as an introductory text for students interested in EU Private International Law. The book can also be appreciated by non-EU students interested in EU Private International Law since it serves as an introductory text. It contains seven core chapters including the introduction. The full table of contents and introduction are provided free to readers and can be accessed respectively here and here

From what I have read so far in the introduction, this book is highly recommended. It brings the subject of EU Private International Law to the doorstep of the uninitiated and refreshes the knowledge of any expert on Private International Law (“PIL”). Though the core foundation of the book is on EU PIL, it contains some comparisons to other systems of PIL especially in the common law, in order to illustrate. Importantly, the introduction ends with the implications of Brexit for EU PIL and some interesting speculations.

More information on the book can be found here

4 replies
  1. Chukwuma Okoli says:

    Hahaha. Maybe it is. There is nothing in the introduction of the book to suggest that France is the homeland of EU PIL You are more expert than I am in EU PIL so you probably have the right answer.

  2. Geert van Calster says:

    Another early acquirer noted the foreword to my Father [], I am pleased the cover is getting traction, too 🙂
    Ed 1 had a containership on the cover; Ed 2 a container port. I felt I needed to move away from marine waterways, but keep to an image of business hustle and bustle. The City (the Gherkin in particular) was among the first images the marketeers produced, it did not feel right. Then they hit bull’s eye with La Défense, particularly the evening light combined with the skyline and lit car headlights.
    The Brexit implications did not escape me, even if they were not the main intention. If not just Paris place de droit, then certainly l’UE place de droit was indeed the intended consequence.

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