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Harmonisation of Civil Procedure and the Interaction with Private International Law

X.E. Kramer & C.H. van Rhee (eds.), Civil Litigation in a Globalising World, The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer, p. 121-139, 2012

15 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2012  

Xandra E. Kramer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law; Utrecht University School of Law

Date Written: October 28, 2011

Abstract

Traditionally, private international law and civil procedural law are separate disciplines. Even today, many proceduralists seem not to be fully acquainted with the area of private international law, while many private international law experts lack thorough knowledge of (harmonised) civil procedure. However, modern private international law is closely interwoven with civil procedure. Firstly, harmonisation of private international law may be viewed as a preliminary stage in the harmonisation of civil procedure. Secondly, and in connection with the previous point, harmonisation of private international law rules may result in a spontaneous approximation of civil procedure. Thirdly, the harmonisation of private international law rules and civil procedure are dependent upon each other and go hand in hand. Particularly in the EU, there seems to be a gradual shift from harmonising private international law to harmonising civil procedure, by means of establishing minimum standards of civil procedure and introducing uniform European procedures. The lessons learnt from the more advanced harmonisation of private international law could benefit the process of approximation of civil procedure. As long as true common standards of civil procedure are not established, private international law rules will remain to be the primary object of harmonisation.

Keywords: private international law, civil procedure, harmonisation of law

JEL Classification: K40, K41, K49, K33

Suggested Citation

Kramer, Xandra E., Harmonisation of Civil Procedure and the Interaction with Private International Law (October 28, 2011). X.E. Kramer & C.H. van Rhee (eds.), Civil Litigation in a Globalising World, The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer, p. 121-139, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2194293

Xandra E. Kramer (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

Janskerkhof 3
Utrecht, 3512 BK
Netherlands

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