Monthly Archives: December 2009

The new European Justice Commissioner

A warm welcome to Viviane Reding, the EU’s new Commissioner Designate for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship. This is a new post, reflecting the fact that the justice dossier is now to be split from home affairs. Viviane Reding is … Continue reading

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Rome I Regulation in force

The Rome I Regulation comes into force today, 17 December 2009. It determines which law applies to contracts having connections with more than one country. It is of both direct and indirect significance for European private law. The United Kingdom had … Continue reading

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Internationalising commercial arbitration – and Scottish terminology

I have just been reading the most interesting paper by Steven Walker on the Renaissance of Scottish International Arbitration to which Scott Wortley kindly provided this link in the ECCL blog. The Arbitration (Scotland) Bill 2009 (which has passed all … Continue reading

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Strong resolution from European Parliament

In a wide-ranging Resolution, dated 25 November 2009 (P7_TA-PROV(2009)0090), on the Stockholm programme the European Parliament called for action on many legal fronts, including private international law, succession law, criminal law and matrimonial property law. In relation to contract law, … Continue reading

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European Law Institute – a club or a pub?

In the last entry on this topic I mentioned that there was a strong commitment in the founding group to trying to ensure that the Institute was not seen as a sort of continuation of the Study Group on a … Continue reading

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Swedish Supreme Court refers to DCFR

In a recent judgment the Swedish Supreme Court made express reference to the DCFR, thus being the first European supreme court to do so. The unanimous judgment was delivered on 3 November (case nr. T 3-08, 3 November 2009). The … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court on bank charges and European private law

What is the significance of the bank charges case (Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National plc [2009] UKSC 6) for European private law? There are several points and on all of them the decision is very welcome. There is … Continue reading

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