The European Communities' Exclusive Competence for Matters of International Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments: The European Court of Justice's Opinion 1/03 of 6 February 2006 on the Competence of the Community to Conclude the New Lugano Convention (Alleinige Außenzuständigkeit der EG im Bereich des Internationalen Zivilverfahrensrechts: Anmerkung zu EuGH, Gutachten 1/03 vom 6. Februar 2006 - Zuständigkeit der Gemeinschaft für den Abschluss des neuen Überkommens von Lugano)
European Community Private Law Review (Zeitschrift für Gemeinschaftsprivatrecht), pp. 203-205, 2006
3 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2010 Last revised: 7 Apr 2010
Date Written: 2006
This case note (in German) comments on the European Court of Justice's Opinion 1/03 of 6 February 2006, in which the Court held that the European Community (and not its Member States) has exclusive community to conclude the revised Lugano Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The Lugano Convention has been closely modelled on the Brussels Convention of 1968 and its later versions (including its successor, the Brussels I Regulation), but has a wider territorial scope since it also extends to Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark (which, although an EU State, has "opted out" of the Brussels I Regulation).
The present case note supports the results of the ECJ's opinion, but offers some critical remarks on its reasoning, in particular its flawed construction of the so-called "disconnection clauses" in international agreements.
Notes: downloadable document is in German
Keywords: European Court of Justice, Opinion 1/03, Lugano Convention, Exclusive Competence
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