New book published:

The 50th Anniversary of the European Law of Civil Procedure

Edited by Burkhard Hess, Koen Lenaerts

Co-edited by Vincent Richard

4 September 2020

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg is honoured to announce the publication of the book “The 50th Anniversary of the European Law of Civil Procedure”.

This book stems from an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments of 1968. The conference took place on 27–28 September 2018 and was organised by the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg in the Grande Salle d’Audience of the Court.

Prominent academics from different EU Member States and distinguished members of the Court discussed the impact of the case law of the Court of Justice on the development of the “Brussels Regime” during the last decades.

The book brings together contributions by members of the Court of Justice of the European Union and academics. It also includes contributions presented by young shcolars at a pre-conference colloquium organized at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. The book offers insights on the dialogue between the Court of Justice and national courts on the interpretation of the European law of civil procedure and how it shaped the Europeanisation of private international law. Beyond this retrospective assessment, the book reflects on the future architecture of the European law of civil procedure and the suitability of the Brussels regime to the challenges of the current era.

The book is electronically available. For more information, please check the following link:


Table of Contents

·       Seminal Judgments (les Grands Arrêts) in the Case Law of the European Court of Justice
Burkhard Hess

·       La confiance mutuelle, fondement et témoignage de la valeur de l’Union européenne
Camelia Toader

·       De l’encadrement de l’ordre public procédural des États membres à l’ordre procédural autonome de l’Union
Marek Safjan et Dominik Düsterhaus

·       EU Private International Law: Consistency of the Scopes of Application and/or of the Solutions
Maciej Szpunar

·       Le « régime Bruxelles » dans le droit européen de la procédure civile
Marta Requejo Isidro

·       The Shift from a Choice of Law-Centred Approach to a Civil Procedure Standpoint
Sabine Corneloup

·       The Contribution of ‘Brussels I’ to the Process of EU Integration: a True Trailblazer for the Europeanization and Constitutionalization of Private International Law
Johan Meeusen

·       The Application of the European Law of Civil Procedure in the Dialogue Between the CJEU and the National Judges
Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe

·       The Dialogue on the European Law of Civil Procedure between the Court of Justice and National Courts from a German Perspective
Wolfgang Hau

·       European Civil Procedure and the Dialogue between National Courts and the European Court of Justice
Xandra Kramer & Jos Hoevenaars

·       L’autonomie procédurale dans la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne – Réflexions naïves d’un Huron au Palais du Kirchberg
Loïc Cadiet

·       La Charte des droits fondamentaux et les nouvelles frontières de l’autonomie procédurale des États membres L’exemple du droit européen de la procédure civile
Michail Vilaras

·       The Brussels Convention: 50 Years of Contribution to European Integration
Fausto Pocar

·       Delendum est Forum Delicti? Towards the Jurisdictional Protection of the Alleged Victim in Cross-Border Torts 
Etienne Farnoux

·       CJEU Case-Law and Forum Connexitatis: an Analysis of the Close Connection Criterion
Lucilla Galanti

·       Cross-border Collective Redress and the Jurisdictional Regime: Horizontal vs Sectoral Approach
Cinzia Peraro

·       Your Place? Mine? Or Theirs? A Legal and Policy-orientated Analysis of Jurisdiction in Cross-Border Collective Redress
Stephanie Law

·       Representative (Consumer) Collective Redress Decisions in the EU: Free Movement or Public Policy Obstacles?
Janek Tomasz Nowak

·       Casting the Net: Has the Court of Justice’s Approach to Online Torts Made the Brussels Framework Fit for the Internet Age?
Tobias Lutzi

·       Encoding Justice: A Quest for Facilitating Access to Justice by eHandling of Cross-Border Litigation. The Example of the European Uniform Procedures
Elena Alina Onţanu

·       Trust, but Verify. Loss of Mutual Trust as a Ground for NonRecognition in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Example of the Judiciary Crisis in Poland
Zuzanna Witek