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February 2014


The European Union has just adopted a set of amendments to the Brussels I Regulation, which governs jurisdiction to adjudicate, parallel proceedings, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. This article discusses the Regulation and the adopted amendments regarding the recognition and enforcement of judgments and argues that these amendments are part of a deeper set of structural and conceptual changes in the law of transnational litigation in the European Union over the last two decades. The article concludes with an analysis of both the amendments and the underlying changes for litigants and law reformers in the United States, given that U.S. litigants are increasingly likely to be affected by the Brussels I Regulation in transnational cases and recognition of foreign judgments is discussed both as a subject of potential federal legislation and an international treaty at the Hague.

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