Tenth Anniversary Post: Peter Bert on the Future of IJA

Ted’s invitation to share some thoughts about the future of international judicial assistance (IJA) comes at a time when I experience, for the first time, a step backwards in that field: The Brexit Deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which in my view is a “sectoral hard Brexit” for civil judicial assistance.

Ever since I attended law school, international judicial assistance progressed in scope and territorial reach, primarily within Europe: The European Union was on a path towards deeper integration on all levels, including the IJA regime: Starting with the Brussels Convention, moving on to the Brussels Regulation and then to Brussels Recast with automatic recognition of judgments. (more…)

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