The Month in Retrospect: What Else Happened in January 2021

Good Old-fashioned Print: IPRax and RabelsZ

The first issue of this year’s IPRax is now out, and English-language abstracts can be found over at Conflict of Laws. The same is true for RabelsZ: Issue 1/2021 is available online, with abstracts on Conflict of Laws. The focus of RabelsZ is on private international law, whereas IPRax does have a couple of procedural articles on post-Brexit judicial cooperation, on cum-ex jurisdiction as well as on the Lugano Convention and the Brussels Regulation. Continue reading

The Future of International Judicial Assistance

This post first appeared on Ted Folkman’s Letters Blogatory, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary – if you don’t know that blog yet, do check it out, it  is rightly called The Blog of International Judicial Assistance. Ted, who has been a guest on this blog, asked me to contribute some thoughts about the future of international judicial assistance (IJA). Ted’s invitation came at a time when I experience, for the first time, a step backwards in that field: The Brexit Deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which in my view is a “sectoral hard Brexit” for civil judicial assistance. Continue reading

Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters: Hard Brexit After All?

During the course of the morning, leaked versions of the draft Brexit treaty and accompanying documents started to appear on legal @twitter, only to be followed by the official publications by both the UK government and the EU Commission. I have now had an initial look at what the documents say regarding judicial cooperation in civil matters. Spoiler alert: Radio silence on this topic. Continue reading

IBA Virtually Together: Managing International Litigation, 4 November 2020

At this year’s International Bar Association‘s virtual annual conference, I have the pleasure of  moderating a session on managing international litigation, with this wonderful panel:

  • Sam Hosseini of Stikeman Elliott in Toronto, providing the perspective of outside counsel,
  • James Menz, Senior Litigation Counsel at Bombardier, sharing his insights from the corporate perspetive
  • and last but not least Brody Warren of the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Permanent Bureau in The Hague. Inter alia, Brody will shed light on the use of video technology under the Hague Evidence Convention.

Join us on Wednesday, 4 November 2020 at 12:00 AM GMT!