HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE EUROPEAN PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW RULES
A description of the context of the Brussels Regulation could perhaps be confined to the powers under which the regulation itself was made, and the objectives of those powers. However, the Brussels Regulation replaces the Brussels Convention for the Member States and differences between the regulation and the Brussels Convention shed light on the regulation. It is clear that in many if not most ways the Brussels Regulation will be interpreted consistently with the Brussels Convention. It is therefore important to know the context of the Brussels Convention. It is also convenient to deal with the history of the Brussels Convention and the Lugano Convention in one go.
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