EAPIL Working Group on the Reform of the Brussels I bis Regulation

Chair and contact

Burkhard Hess (burkhard.hess@mpi.lu) and Geert van Calster (geert.vancalster@kuleuven.be)

Type of Group

Working Group with a limited number of participants.

Current members

Apostolos Anthimos, Katarina Burdova, Gilles Cuniberti, Andrew Dickinson, Tanja Domej, Aleksandrs Fillers, Pietro Franzina, Cristina González Beilfuss, Viktória Harsági, Boriana Musseva, Nikitas E. Hatzimihail, Christian Kohler, Xandra Kramer, Thalia Kruger, Alexander Layton, Vesna Lazic, Eva Lein, Peter Lysina, Ulla Liukkunen, François Mailhe, Chrisoula Michailidou, Dario Moura Vincente, Maire Ni Shuilleabhain, Anna Nylund, Paul Oberhammer, Alina Oprea, Krzysztof Pacula, Thomas Pfeiffer, Fausto Pocar, Michiel Poesen, Marta Requejo Isidro, Vesna Rijavec, Camelia Toader, Peter F. Schlosser, Andreas Stein, Maciej Szpunar, Vigita Vebraite, Ilaria Viarengo, Francesca Villata, Jan von Hein, Hans van Loon and Eiríkur Elís Þorláksson.

Consultative Committee

Chair: Gilles Cuniberti (gilles.cuniberti@uni.lu).

Members: Matthias Lehmann; Louise Ellen Teitz; Brooke Marshall; Rui Dias; Anabela Goncalves; Martina Vivirito Pellegrino; Vassiliki Marazopolou; Zohra Mchirgui; Zhen Chen; Morten Fogt; Matthias Weller; Tobias Lutzi; Björn Laukemann

Mission statement

The Regulation (EU) 1215/2012 is the fundamental reference-instrument of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil matters within the European Union. It provides rules on jurisdiction, pendency, recognition, and enforcement of judgments and other enforceable titles. Since its establishment in 1968, it has been a constantly evolving instrument. At present, the European Commission is required to present a report on the application of the Regulation and to propose improvements.

Against this background, a Working Group was set up within the network of the European Association of Private International Law (EAPIL) to draft a position paper. Members of the working group answered a questionnaire, reporting the application and possible shortcomings of the Brussels Ibis Regulation in their respective jurisdictions.

International Conference

On 9 September 2022, an international conference was organised and hosted by the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg to discuss some of preliminary findings based on the 19 reports received from 16 working group members and 3 observers.

The programme of the conference can be found here.

A report on the conference is available here.