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3 Nov 2009

UK Ministry of Justice

[PDF] Review of the Brussels I Regulation (EC 44/2001) - Comments from the United Kingdom [scroll to para. 12-15]

The United Kingdom regrets the inflexibility inherent in the ECJ’s decision in Owusu v. Jackson. It has to a great extent disabled our valuable procedural mechanism of forum non conveniens which facilitates the transfer of cases which would be more appropriately dealt with by the courts in another jurisdiction. We consider it important that some suitable transfer mechanism should be introduced into the Regulation to operate in situations where a Member State court has assumed jurisdiction under the Regulation, but where no court in any other Member State is able to do so.