Judicial Cooperation in General Civil Matters

Start Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
End Date: Saturday, June 02, 2012
Category: EU Civil Law, Civil Law Civil Judicial Cooperation
Venue: Wustrau, Germany
Country: Germany
Leading organisation: Deutsche Richterakademie
Cooperative Partner:
Language(s): German
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 5
Contact: Dr. Wiebke Dettmers
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: +49 30 18580 9671

Course Description

The conference is targeted at civil court judges.

The increasing mobility of people worldwide leads to more and more cross-border contacts. In legal disputes before German courts, cases which have international aspects create additional problems. For example, it has to be clarified whether German courts have international jurisdiction, what law is applicable and how foreign decision can be enforced across borders. If a party to the proceedings is resident abroad, documents have to be transmitted for service abroad. Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to consider whether legal aid can be granted. The taking of evidence abroad may also be necessary.

Since the “communitarisation” of judicial cooperation on account of the Treaty of Amsterdam, there has been an increase not only in the number of European law regulations, but also in the number of actions under European law to obtain a title. In the conference, all these rules are to be presented in context.

The focus will be on:

• Regulations on the taking of evidence and on the service of documents
• European Judicial Network – with the European Judicial Atlas
• Brussels I Regulation (Council Regulation (CE) No. 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters)
• EC Rome I and Rome II Regulations
• Regulations on the European enforcement order for uncontested claims, European order for payment procedure as well as the European small claims procedure
• Legal Aid Directive.