Out now: Issue 3/2023 of the Rivista

The third issue of 2023 of RDIPP (CEDAM, Wolters Kluwer) has just been published and is now available, for its subscribers, at https://www.edicolaprofessionale.com/. The issue features one article, one comment, one note, 12 judgments from Italian Courts, 14 annotated summary of EU judgments, several documents and news, as well as one book review.

The Cases in Italian Courts section features judgments on the following topics: bankruptcy; European Union law; foreigner; jurisdiction; nationality; non-contractual obligations; recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and administrative acts; treaties and general international rules. Please note that the English Index contains the annotated summary of each published decision.

Similarly, EU case law features annotated summary of judgments addressing both private international and procedural matters, as well as judgments on other topics, in which, nevertheless, the Court’s reasoning has an impact of those matters, including all the paragraphs that may be relevant in that respect.

Article’s summary:

Prof. Pietro Franzina (Full Professor, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan), Un nuovo diritto internazionale privato della protezione degli adulti: le proposte della Commissione europea e gli sviluppi attesi in Italia (A New Private International Law on the Protection of Adults: The European Commission’s Proposals and the Developments Anticipated in Italy) [in Italian].

The European Commission has presented on 31 May 2023 two proposals aimed to enhance, in cross-border situations, the protection of adults who are not in a position to protect their interests due to an impairment or the insufficiency of their personal faculties. One proposal is for a Council decision that would authorise the Member States to ratify, in the interest of the Union, the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the international protection of adults, if they have not done so yet. The decision, if adopted, would turn the Convention into the basic private international law regime in this area, common to all Member States. The other proposal is for a regulation the purpose of which is to improve, in the relationships between the Member States, the cooperation ensured by the Convention. The paper illustrates the objects of the two proposals and the steps that led to their presentation. The key provisions of the Hague Convention are examined, as well as the solutions envisaged in the proposed regulation to improve the functioning of the Convention. The paper also deals with the bill, drafted by the Italian Government and submitted to the Italian Parliament a few days before the Commission’s proposals were presented, to prepare for the ratification of the Convention by Italy and provide for its implementation in the domestic legal order. The bill, it is argued, requires extensive reconsideration as far as the domestic implementation of the Convention is concerned. Alternative proposals are discussed in the paper in this regard.

Comment’s summary:

Riccardo Rossi (JD, University of Milan), Reflections on Choice-of-Court Agreements in Favour of Third States under Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 [in English].

The article deals with the absence of a provision addressing choice-of-court agreements in favour of third States under Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 (“Brussels Ia Regulation”). The CJ case law and the present structure of the Regulation leave no room for the long-debated argument of effet réflexe. In light of Arts 33 and 34 (and Recital No 24), enforcing such agreements is now limited to the strict respect of the priority rule in the trans-European dimension. The first part of the article deals with the consequences of such a scheme. Namely, forum running, possible interferences with the free circulation of judgments within the EU pursuant to Art 45(1)(d), and inconsistencies with the 2019 Hague Convention. In its second part, from a de lege ferenda perspective, the article examines the most delicate issues raised by the need for introducing a new provision enforcing jurisdiction agreements in favour of third States: from the jurisdiction over the validity of such agreements, to the applicable law, to the weight to be given to the overriding mandatory provisions of the forum. Finally, it proposes a draft of two new provisions to be implemented in the presently discussed review of the Brussels Ia Regulation.

Moreover, the issue features one note by Prof. Francesca C. Villata (Full professor, University of Milan), Il regolamento (UE) 2023/1114 relativo ai mercati delle cripto-attività: prime note nella prospettiva del diritto internazionale privato (Regulation (EU) 2023/1114 on market in crypto-assets: first remarks from a private international law perspective) [in Italian].

Finally, this issue features the following book review by Prof. Francesca C. Villata: G. Carapezza Figlia, L. Kovačević, E. Kristoffersson (eds.), Gender perspectives in private law, Springer Nature, Chan, 2023, pp. XV-242.

The Index, both in Italian and in English, is available here.