UK & Lugano : the final no

Written by Ekaterina Pannebakker

On 1 July 2021, Switzerland, which is the depository of the Lugano Convention 2007, notified the Parties to the Convention of the EU’s refusal to give its consent to the UK’s accession to the Convention. The notification is available on the website of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in several languages. It states the EU is not ‘in a position to give its consent to invite the United Kingdom to accede to the Lugano Convention’, quoting the note verbale received by the depository from the EU on 28 June 2021.

This is the final chord in the consideration of the UK’s after-Brexit application to accede to the Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, Lugano, 2007. As previously reported on conflictoflaws (inter alia), the accession to the Convention is subject to the consent of all the current Parties. The EU’s refusal was expected, since the European Commission gave a negative advice to the European Parliament. Noteworthy is perhaps that the Convention does not limit the number of attempts a State can make to accede to the Convention. This means (theoretically) the UK can apply again in the future.


AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona on multiple places of (habitual) residence under the Brussels II bis Regulation in the case IB, C-289/20

This Thursday AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona delivered his Opinion in the case IB, C-289/20. It is another request for a preliminary ruling addressing the issue of multiple places of residence. The recent take on this issue concerned the framework established by the Succession Regulation. In its judgment in the case E.E., C-80/19, the Court of Justice held the last habitual residence of the deceased, within the meaning of that regulation, must be established by the authority dealing with the succession in only one of the Member States.

In the case IB, C-289/20, the Court is invited to interpret the Brussels II bis Regulation in the context of a request for a preliminary ruling originating from the proceedings for a divorce.

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Third-party Funding and E-Justice in International Dispute Resolution – Jean Monnet Module Annual Conference – 20 July 2021, Università degli Studi, Milan [live streaming]

On July 20, 2021 (14.00 – 19.00), Università degli Studi, Milan will host (in streaming) the Annual Conference of the EU-funded project Jean Monnet Module on “Multilevel, Multiparty and Multisector Cross-Border Litigation in Europe”.

The topic of this year – “Incentives and Challenges to Transnational Access to Justice” – will be addressed by distinguished panelists in two Round-Tables on, respectively, Third-party Funding in International Dispute Resolution and E-Justice in International Dispute Resolution.

The event is organized with the support of the Eramus+Programme of the European Union, the Centre of Research on European and Transnational Dispute Settlement (EUTraDiS), the European Court of Arbitration (CEA) and the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Health Legal Framework and Competition Law (EHCL).

Please find here the complete programme.

Bonomi, Wautelet and others on matrimonial property: a brief review

Andrea Bonomi and Patrick Wautelet, with the cooperation of Ilaria Pretelli, Eva Lein, Guillaume Kessler, Sara Migliorini and Konstaninos Rokas published Le droit européen des relations patrimoniales de couple (Bruylant). This is an extensive commentary (1368 pages) on the EU Regulations on Matrimonial Property (2016/1103) and on the Property Consequences of Registered Partnerships (2016/1104). These regulations came about through the process of enhanced cooperation and are in force in eighteen of the twenty-seven EU Member States.

The book is similar to the Commentary on the EU’s Succession Regulation (650/2015), Le droit européen des successions by the same main authors.

The book starts with an elaborate introduction which sets the context and gathers information on the preparatory steps towards the regulations (the kind of thing we miss since we don’t have an official report on the Regulations). It refers the reader to various studies and opinions that were produced in the preparatory phase. The introduction further sets out the main characteristics of the Regulations, which the authors have identified as the following:

Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax) 4/2021: Abstracts

The latest issue of the „Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax)“ features the following articles:

O. Remien: The European Succession Regulation and the many questions of the European court practice – five years after entry into force

ISS Publication: The Kafalah in comparative and transnational perspective

The General Secretariat of the International Social Service (ISS) in Geneva has published an important bilingual study in English and French entitled:  “KAFALAH – Preliminary analysis of national and cross-border practices” – “La KAFALAH: analyse préliminaire de pratiques nationales et transfrontières” (2020).

For a general overview of the ISS and its relationship with PIL, see our previous post “The Role of the International Social Service in the History of Private International Law,” written by Roxana Banu.

Below is a summary of the publication “KAFALAH – Preliminary analysis of national and cross-border practices” based on the foreword drawn up by Hans van Loon, Member of the Institut de Droit International and Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and Hynd Ayoubi Idrissi, Professor of Law at the Université Mohammed V and Member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. 

Virtual Workshop (in English) on July 6: Hannah Buxbaum on Equivalence Regimes in Transnational Regulation: From Comparability to Convergence

Hannah Buxbaum
On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Hamburg Max Planck Institute will host its twelfth monthly virtual workshop in private international law at, exceptionally, 15:00-16:30. Since January of this year, we have been alternating between English and German language. Hannah Buxbaum (Indiana University) will speak, in English, about the topic

Equivalence Regimes in Transnational Regulation: From Comparability to Convergence

The presentation will be followed by open discussion. All are welcome. More information and sign-uphere
This is the twelfth such lecture in the series, after those by Mathias Lehmann in June, Eva-Maria Kieninger in JulyGiesela Rühl in SeptemberAnatol Dutta in OctoberSusanne Gössl in November, Marc-Philippe Weller in DecemberMacjiej Szpunar in January, Dagmar Coester-Waltjen in FebruaryHoratia Muir Watt in MarchBurkhard Hess in April, Marta Pertegas in May, and Tania Domej in June. The series will take a summer break in August and return in September. Stay tuned!
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Video Recording of the Nigeria Group on Private International Law Inaugural Lecture

The Nigeria Group on Private International Law held its inaugural lecture on June 21, 2021. The video recording of the event is now available on the Group’s website: here

CJEU on the effects of European Certificate of Succession and its certified copy in the case Vorarlberger Landes- und Hypotheken-Bank, C-301/20

Back in April we reported about the Opinion delivered by AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona in the case Vorarlberger Landes- und Hypotheken-Bank, C-301/20, which revolves around the effects produced by an European Certificate of Succession and its certified copy, time-wise (first and third questions) as well as ratione personae, by reason of the person concerned (second question). At the request of the Court, the Opinion covered only the third preliminary question. In today’s judgment, the Court addresses all three questions.

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HCCH Monthly Update: June 2021

Conventions & Instruments  

On 31 May 2021, Georgia deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH 1965 Service Convention and the HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention. With the accession of Georgia, the Service Convention now has 79 Contracting Parties. It will enter into force for Georgia on 1 January 2022, subject to the Article 28 procedure. For the Evidence Convention, with the accession of Georgia it now has 64 Contracting Parties. The Convention will enter into force for Georgia on 30 July 2021. More information is available here.

Meetings & Events 

On 1 June 2021, the HCCH and the Asian Business Law Institute co-hosted the webinar “HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link”, part of the ongoing celebrations of the Evidence Convention’s golden anniversary. More information is available here.