Tanja Domej

Die Neufassung der EuGVVO – Quantensprünge im europäischen Zivilprozessrecht

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The Recast Brussels I Regulation – Quantum Leaps in European Civil Procedure In November and December 2012, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the recast Brussels I Regulation (Regulation 1215/2012). The main feature of the reform is the abolition of the exequatur procedure. With this step, one of the main political goals in the field of European judicial cooperation, the abolition of »intermediate procedures« standing in the way of cross-border enforcement of judgments, has been achieved – at the price, however, of retaining the grounds for refusal of recognition and enforcement. In other respects as well, the changes introduced by the recast Regulation are modest, compared to the Commission's original political intentions. Instead of a »great leap forward«, the European legislator chose incremental change. The plans to extend the rules on jurisdiction to third-state defendants were largely abandoned. The attempt to create new rules on the interface with arbitration was also unsuccessful. The changes with regard to jurisdiction agreements and provisional measures turned out more moderate than proposed by the Commission. This article discusses the innovations introduced by the recast Regulation. It analyses the upsides and downsides of the new rules and points out lost opportunities and avenues for further reforms.

Tanja Domej ist Professorin für Zivilverfahrensrecht, Privatrecht, internationales Privatrecht und Rechtsvergleichung an der Universität Zürich.