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University of South Dakota School of Law

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Commercial Court in Belgium

Belgium has set up an English-language commercial court in order to attract Brexit-related and international commercial litigation as well as arbitration cases that have so far often been handled by British courts or international arbitration tribunals.  According to the Belgian government, the demand for arbitration is, in particular, likely to grow because of Brexit. “[] Brexit means [] that going to a court in London might not be an appropriate option,” it said, without giving a date for the start of the English-language hearings.

Interesting that Belgium seems to want to attract litigation where in the United States, courts often worry about "opening the floodgates to litigation."

Hat tip to Allen Kamp for bringing this story to the attention of the Contracts Law listserv in October (and apologies for posting this story so relatively late).

Happy New Year!

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