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Blog 2015

2015-01-doc4 Brussels I (recast) in force since 10 January 2015

On 10 January 2015 Regulation 44/2001 (Brussels I) has been replaced by Regulation 1215/2012 (Brussels I recast). For the insolvency area, it is important to note that Regulation 1215/2012 merely restates Article 1(2)(b), providing that Brussels I does not apply to '... bankruptcy, proceedings relating to the winding-up of insolvent companies or other legal persons, judicial arrangements, compositions and analogous proceedings.' Not even the word 'bankruptcy' has been replaced by 'insolvency', to have Brussels I better be aligned with the EU Insolvency Regulation. For the text in English and in Dutch, see 1215-2012 Brussels I (recast) and 1215-2012 Brussel I (herschikking) respectively.    

2015-01-doc3 European Law Institute - what it is and how it works

This year the European Law Institute (ELI) will it will be in its fourth year that it is active. ELI is an independent non-profit organisation established to initiate, conduct and facilitate research, make recommendations and provide practical guidance in the field of European legal development. ELI seeks to contribute to the formation of a more vigorous European legal community, integrating the achievements of the various legal cultures, endorsing the value of comparative knowledge, and taking a genuinely pan-European perspective. As such its work covers all branches of the law: substantive and procedural; private and public. ELI recently published a new profile brochure, explaining its renewed governance and the way its projects are organised. See ELI Brochure_update Dec 2014_aL-2 I am a co-reporter for the project on Business rescue and explained the project last September, during ELI's general assembly meeting. My presentation can be accessed via  

2015-01-doc2 International Insolvency Law Bibliography 2015

Attached is the 'International Insolvency Law Bibliography 2015', an over 90 pages alphabetical ordering of sources of literature originating from some 15 countries all over the globe. It replaces the bibliography which I posted in 2011 (see I will use the new version it as per this month, when I am preparing to starts to work on the book: Bob Wessels, International Insolvency Law, 4th ed., Deventer: Kluwer 2016 (forthcoming). Any additional literature you are aware of and would be worth mentioning is welcome via: Bibliography 2015 International Insolvency Law - Wessels

2015-01-doc1 Additional functions' statement

As per tradition in the first week of January I am submitting my additional functions (‘nevenfuncties’) in addition to being Justice in the Court of Appeal in The Hague. 03-01-2015 nevenfuncties Hof Den Haag. In the Netherlands these functions are published, which register is open for the public at