The 50th Anniversary of the European Law of Civil Procedure

On 27-28 September 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg organised an international conference at the premises of the CJEU to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. It brought together renowned experts in the field of private international law and cross-border litigation to discuss major developments in, achievements of, and challenges for judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters within the framework of the European Judicial Area.

An anniversary is not only a time to look back but also an occasion to look forward. The 1968 Brussels Convention and its progeny have been designed to deal with the classic cross-border case, with two opposing parties connected to different Member States. The 2012 recast of the Brussels Regulation largely follows this approach. Today, the operation of the Brussels Regime is being challenged by societal and technological developments. Recent cases adjudicated by the Court of Justice in the field of data protection and competition law have shown that the current Regime does not entirely provide a satisfactory framework for current patterns of litigation across Europe. Is the Brussels Regime still fit for purpose anno 2018? With this question in mind, the MPI brought together a group of early career scholars on the eve of the conference to discuss the future challenges of the Brussels Regime amongst each other and with established scholars and practitioners in the field. A report of their presentations and the ensuing discussions can be found here and on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhELkA58aBZs3WUDvdcUhXfI9XG9F8kW6

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