All posts by Peter Bert

ECJ: Choice of Court Agreement under Brussels I Regulation Effective Without Foreign Element

Last week, the European Court of Justice held that choice of court agreements fall within the scope of Article 25(1) Brussels I Regulation if parties to a contract domiciled in the same Member State agree on the jurisdiction of the courts of another Member State, even if the contract has no further connection with that other Member State. Read More

The Best Jazz Album 2023 – A Comparative Survey

This is the third annual survey of this kind. This year, I have adopted the same basic approach as in the 2022 survey: The table below combines the Anglo-Saxon view of the jazz world, represented by the New York Times and The Guardian and two German sources, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Public Radio). This year, I have added a French source, TSF Jazz, “la première radio Jazz de France.” Read More

Human Rights Day: Freedom, Equality and Justice for All

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.  The United Nations have chosen “Freedom, Equality and Justice for All” as the 2023 theme. Read More

International Civil Procedure: News as of 1 September 2023

On September 1, 2023, the Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters enters into force. In German domestic law, the jurisdiction for the enforcement of foreign judgments is newly defined – as of today, the dictrict courts (Landgerichte) will have exclusive competence in these matters. Read More