Anti-suit injunctions zur Durchsetzung von Schiedsvereinbarungen in Europa – der letzte Vorhang ist gefallen (Anti-Suit Injunctions in Support of Arbitration Agreements in Europe – The Final Curtain Has Fallen)

Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax), Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 312-318, July 2009

Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 10/14

8 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2010 Last revised: 26 Aug 2012

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Martin Illmer

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Yet another blow for the English: the final curtain for anti-suit injunctions to enforce arbitration agreements within the European Union has fallen. As the augurs had predicted, the ECJ, following the AG’s opinion, held that anti-suit injunctions enforcing arbitration agreements are incompatible with Regulation 44/2001. Considering the previous judgments in Marc Rich, van Uden and Turner as well as the civil law approach of the Regulation, the West Tankers judgment does not come as a surprise. It accords with the system and structure of the Regulation. De lege lata the decision is correct. Moaning about the admittedly thin reasoning and an alleged lack of convincing arguments does not render the decision less correct. Instead, the focus must shift to the already initiated legislative reform of Regulation 44/2001. Meanwhile, one may look for alternatives within the existing system to hold the parties to the arbitration (or jurisdiction) agreement, foreclosing abusive tactics by parties filing actions in certain Member States notorious for protracted court proceedings.

Please note that this is an article published in German.

Keywords: Anti-suit injunctions, arbitration, Brussels I Regulation, West Tankers, lispendens.

Suggested Citation

Illmer, Martin, Anti-suit injunctions zur Durchsetzung von Schiedsvereinbarungen in Europa – der letzte Vorhang ist gefallen (Anti-Suit Injunctions in Support of Arbitration Agreements in Europe – The Final Curtain Has Fallen) (2009). Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax), Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 312-318, July 2009; Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 10/14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1684549

Martin Illmer (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law ( email )

Mittelweg 187
Hamburg, D-20148
Germany

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