Brussel na de Brexit: Nieuwe regels in burgerlijke en handelszaken?

Translated title of the contribution: Brussels after Brexit: New rules in civil and commercial matters?

Tess Bens

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The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, although the Brussels Ibis Regulation remained applicable in and for the UK until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. This article analyses the changes in the framework for international jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in cross-border civil and commercial matters between the Netherlands and the UK after 1 January 2021. After setting the historical context, the transitional provisions provided for the Brussels regime in the Withdrawal Agreement are scrutinised. It is argued that, considering these arrangements and the current EU framework for judicial co-operation in civil and commercial matters, the Brussels Convention and the NL-UK Enforcement Treaty of 1967 are not applicable to proceedings instituted after 1 January 2021. Consequently, the rules governing international jurisdiction and the cross-border recognition and enforcement of judgements applicable to ‘new’ cases and judgements are outlined and salient problems are highlighted. It is argued that most of these rules are not new, but are rather cast in a different perspective through Brexit, thereby raising some ‘old’ problems that require careful (re-)consideration of the post-Brexit legal framework.
Translated title of the contributionBrussels after Brexit: New rules in civil and commercial matters?
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)471-492
Number of pages22
JournalNederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


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