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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]

A boost to private enforcement in competition law: the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 collective proceedings

Article Date: 18-05-2015
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The Consumer Rights Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015 and should come into force in October 2015. One of its main aims is to encourage SMEs and consumers to bring private actions in competition law. This was made clear in the Research Paper produced to inform the debate on the Consum... [Read All]

The UK Competition and Markets Authority at (nearly) One

Article Date: 16-03-2015
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The Competition and Markets Authority will celebrate its 1st birthday on 1st April 2015. It is a new independent non-ministerial department of the UK Government, which is fully operating since 1 April 2014. It took over the work of the two main national competition authorities that were responsible ... [Read All]

Important English decisions on the Rome II Regulation regarding the law applicable to traffic accidents

Article Date: 09-03-2015
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Regulation no 864/2007 of the European Parliament and the Council on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations (Rome II) came into force in 2009 in the European Union (minus Denmark). It applies only to events giving rise to damage occurring after 11 January 2009. There are several particula... [Read All]

The 2015 radical change in the Continuous Professional Development requirements for Solicitors

Article Date: 26-02-2015
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A completely new approach to the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements for Solicitors in England and Wales will soon be progressively phased in. It will be available to solicitors on a voluntary basis starting 1st April 2015 before being made compulsory for all solicitors in Novembe... [Read All]

Greek Lawyers on strike for 13 days to protest against a draft bill amending the Civil Procedure Code

Article Date: 27-11-2014
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Greece's notoriously slow and ineffective judicial system has been a long-known problem. Among others it has led to the European Court of Human Rights delivering from 1959 to 2013 some 449 cases against Greece due to excessive length of judicial proceedings, which constitutes a violation of Art.... [Read All]

Scotland decides to remain part of the UK

Article Date: 22-09-2014
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In a historical referendum held on September 18, 2014, the Scottish people voted by a majority of 55% against breaking the 300-year old political Union with the rest of Great Britain. Had “YES” votes prevailed, Scotland would have become an independent country and would have separated fr... [Read All]

Compensation in Contract

Article Date: 30-07-2014
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The European Commission has shown a renewed interest in putting together a systematic framework of the fundamental principles of private law, primarily in the fields of contracts and sales. The Green Paper from the Commission on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consume... [Read All]

The Istanbul Convention: “New" legal instrument against "gender violence"?

Article Date: 18-06-2014
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Summary 1. Introduction 2. The Istanbul Convention 3. Examples of «gender violence»: Opuz v. Turchia and Valiulene v. Lituania 4. Conclusions 1. Introduction The present study intends to address a theme that has acquired paramount importance in today’s human rights&rsquo... [Read All]
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