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Personal dignity and fundamental rights

Article Date: 18-01-2016
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Preliminary observations Italian jurists are familiar with the word “dignity”: it appears at the beginning of Italy’s Constitution (article 3, para.1)  in the meaning of “social dignity” – which, together with the principle of equality before law is ensured ... [Read All]

The report of the European Commission on the European Order for Payment Regulation

Article Date: 14-12-2015
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With a delay of nearly two years (see Art. 32 of Regulation 1896/2006), the European Commission published on 13 October 2015 its report on the European Order for Payment (COM (2015) 495 final). One should note that the report follows the proposal to amend the EOP (and ESCP) and its recent adopt... [Read All]

Towards an amended European small claims procedure

Article Date: 24-08-2015
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Members of the European Parliament and the Latvian Presidency of the Council agreed on 23rd June 2015 on the reform of the European Small Claims Procedure instituted by Regulation (EC) No 861/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 establishing a European Small Claims Proc... [Read All]

The priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in the field of justice

Article Date: 17-08-2015
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Since 1st July 2015, Luxembourg holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It published its programme: “A Union for the citizens Priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency”. In the field of justice, here are probably the most important points (p. 16 to 19—we excluded c... [Read All]

Tackling late payment in the United Kingdom: the duty to report on payment practices

Article Date: 10-08-2015
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The UK has implemented Directive 2011/7/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 on combating late payment in commercial transactions on time, even if at the last minute (Late Payment Commercial Debts Regulation 2013 which came into force on 16th March 2013). This country... [Read All]

The future of UK Justice Policy

Article Date: 03-08-2015
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In a speech entitled “What does a one nation justice policy look like?”, the Justice Secretary Michael Gove outlined on 23rd June 2015 the justice policy of the new UK Government (the reference to a “one nation justice policy” derives from the one-nation programme of Prime Mi... [Read All]

Towards 28 more judges at the General Court and no more Civil Service Tribunal?

Article Date: 27-07-2015
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The General Court of the European Union is overloaded. The number of new cases reached an unprecedented level of 912 cases in 2014, from 398 in 2000. Therefore, the number of cases pending before the General Court (1423 cases) rose by nearly 100 compared with 2013 (for the full statistics, see the 2... [Read All]

In favor of a clear exclusive jurisdiction clause

Article Date: 13-07-2015
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On 23rd April 2015, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales delivered its decision in the case between Chinese company Hin-Pro International Logistics Limited and Chilean company Compania Sud Americana De Vapores S.A. ([2015] EWCA Civ 401). The key issue was whether a clause in bills of lading pro... [Read All]

The 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements to come into force on 1st October 2015

Article Date: 22-06-2015
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On 30th June 2005, the Hague Conference on Private International Law concluded a Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. The EU as a Regional Economic Integration Organisation became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in 2007. On 11th June 2015, the EU approved the 2005 ... [Read All]

An ambitious Action Plan for Belgian Civil Justice

Article Date: 15-06-2015
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On 18 March 2015, the Minister of Justice Koen Geens presented his Action Plan for Justice (Plan Justice) to the Belgian Parliament. The Plan starts with a quote from US President Eisenhower: “No battle was ever won according to plan, but no battle was ever won without one”. The Minister... [Read All]
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