Brussels Convention

A convention on civil jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments, signed at Brussels in 1968 by the members of the European Economic Community (www.practicallaw.com/8-107-6556), and published in the Official Journal ((1982) OJ L388/1). The UK acceded to the Brussels Convention in 1978 and it became part of UK law under the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982. The Convention sets out a system for the allocation of jurisdiction and for the reciprocal enforcement of judgments between contracting states. It has largely been superceded by Regulation (EC) 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (the Brussels Regulation (www.practicallaw.com/2-205-5103)), except in relation to matters concerning dependent territories of Brussels Convention countries.

For further guidance, see Practice notes Governing law and jurisdiction clauses (www.practicallaw.com/4-107-3852) and Jurisdiction: an overview (www.practicallaw.com/3-502-0888).

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