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Regulation No. 1215/2021 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (“the Brussels Ia Regulation”) is the centrepiece of the EU legal framework on civil procedure. It is widely recognised as one the most successful legal instruments of judicial cooperation in civil matters.The drafters of the Brussels Ia Regulation anticipated its possible extension to non-EU defendants. According to its Article 79, the European Commission is expected to present a report on the application of the Regulation by 11 January 2022.
In anticipation of the report (which the Commission expects to present only by the end of 2022), the EAPIL Young Research Network is undertaking a research project that aims to prepare and facilitate the discussion about a possible extension of the jurisdictional rules of the Regulation. The aim is to shadow this report in order to facilitate a critical discussion of such an extension on the basis of national reports – compiled by young researchers in private international law – on the jurisdictional rules applying to non-EU defendants currently in place in the different Member States.
The national reporters from 20 Member States of the EU have submitted their reports and discussed them in an online workshop.
The final conference at which we are planning to present the outcomes of the research, as well as discuss them with the academic and professional community, will be held on 14th and 15th May in Croatia, in Dubrovnik.