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 (, 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 It has largely been superceded by Regulation (EC) 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (the Brussels Regulation (, except in relation to matters concerning dependent territories of Brussels Convention countries.

For further guidance, see Practice notes, Jurisdiction: an overview ( and Reciprocal enforcement of judgments (

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