From Mirages to Aspirations. The Periphery of “Matters Relating to a Contract” in Regulation 1215/2012

Michiel Poesen* (Corresponding Author)

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For long, private law has been struggling to distinguish contract from tort, delict, or other categories of non-contractual obligations. Unsurprisingly, the EU law of conflicts of jurisdictions also grapples with delineating contractual and non-contractual relationships. This article tells the complex but fascinating tale of demarcating the periphery of “contract” in the Brussels Ia Regulation (“Brussels Ia” or “the Regulation”)1. The topic is important because it touches upon the balance between the interests of the litigants and the efficacy of transnational court proceedings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolume XXII Yearbook of Private International Law – 2020/2021
EditorsAndrea Bonomi, Gian Paolo Romano, Ilaria Pretelli
Place of Publication Köln, Germany
PublisherVerlag Dr Otto Schmidt
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-504-38758-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-504-08016-7
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2021
Event8th Journal of Private International Law Conference 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 12 Sep 201914 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameYearbook of Private International Law
Publisherde Gruyter
ISSN (Print)1566-6352


Conference8th Journal of Private International Law Conference 2019
Internet address


  • Brussels la Regulation
  • Jurisdiction in Matters Relating to a Contract
  • Characterisation

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