6 December 2013
German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein, or DAV) has encouraged
the European Union to ratify the Choice of Court Convention. In a statement released in October 2013 (official version in
German; a courtesy translation performed by the Permanent Bureau can be found here), the DAV, which
represents the interests of the German bar at the national, European and
international level, emphasised the significance of the Convention for EU
litigants, and recommended that the EU extend the recognition and enforcement
regime of the Convention to non-exclusive choice of court agreements (pursuant
to Art. 22).
The statement follows support for the Convention from other national and international bar associations. In June, the Inter-American Bar Association recommended that States join the Convention. In 2006, the American Bar Association passed a resolution urging the United States to join the Convention, which was followed in 2009 by the US signing the Convention.
Both the US and EU are currently taking steps to ratify the Convention.
For more information on the Convention and its status, visit the "Choice of Court Section" of the Hague Conference website.