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Brussels II-ter

Cross-border Marriage Dissolution, Parental Responsibility Disputes and Child Abduction in the EU

Book | 1st edition 2024 | Europe | Nigel Lowe, Costanza Honorati, Michael Hellner

The ‘Brussels II’ Regulations have a long history and provide the EU’s rules on jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of matrimonial matters, matters of parental responsibility, and international child abduction. In 2016, the EU Commission published its Proposal for recasting what was then Council Regulation No 2201/2003 (‘Brussels II-bis’). There followed lengthy negotiations that resulted in the recast Council Regulation No 2019/1111 (‘Brussels II-ter’), which came into force in August 2022. Brussels II-ter has made substantial changes. Brussels II-ter is the key EU instrument for dealing with cross-border issues involving recognition of divorce, custody and access disputes over children, international abduction and the placement of children from one Member State to another.

This book provides an in-depth discussion of this complex Regulation. Written by three renowned experts, this comprehensive analysis benefits from the collective scope of their experience and knowledge, not only of their respective jurisdictions (Italy, Sweden and the UK) but also more generally of international family law and private international law. Brussels II-ter: Cross-border Marriage Dissolution, Parental Responsibility Disputes and Child Abduction in the EU provides not only a clear exposition of the Regulation’s provisions, but also a critical evaluation of them.


Rather than an Article-by-Article analysis, the book instead comprises separate chapters on discrete parts covered by the Regulation—namely, on the history and scope of Brussels II-ter; common rules on court proceedings; jurisdiction in matrimonial matters; parental responsibility; coordination of proceedings; international child abduction; the hearing of the child; recognition, enforcement, authentic instruments and agreements; and cooperation in matters of parental responsibility. An exposition of the relationship between the EU and the UK following Brexit concludes this volume, which discusses, among other issues, the often problematic inter-relationship between Brussels II-ter and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention.


The book provides indispensable reading for those who will have to apply the Regulation, such as judges and practitioners, and students who want a clear history, scope and analysis of the Regulation and its impact on the field of cross-border family law.

About the Authors

Nigel Lowe KC (Hon), LLB, LLD, Barrister, is an Emeritus Professor of Law at Cardiff University, UK.

He is a well-known expert in international family law, particularly cross-border disputes concerning children, on which he has written extensively. His work is cited in courts and in academic literature around the world. Nigel was a member of the Expert Group assisting the EU Commission on the Recast of Brussels II-bis Regulation (2015), as well as the UK International Family Law Committee, and acts as a Sometime Consultant to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Council of Europe.


Costanza Honorati , Dr., is a Professor of European Union Law at the Milano–Bicocca University’s School of Law, where she also holds the position of Chair of EU Private International Law. She was a member of the Expert Group assisting the EU Commission on the Recast of the Brussels IIa Regulation (2015–2017) and the Chair of the Commission’s EJN Working Group on a Guide to the Maintenance Regulation (2019–2022). Costanza has written extensively in the field of European private international law, and in the last years mostly—but not exclusively—in family law matters. She is a Member of the Editorial Board of Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale and Special Editor for PIL of “European Papers”.


Michael Hellner LLM, LLD, is a Professor in Private International Law at Stockholm University. He has represented the Swedish government in several negotiations for international instruments in the area of private international law in the EU and the Hague Conference for Private International Law. He has also been an expert or chair to several Swedish government committees and Hague Conference working groups on private international law. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Private International Law, a member of the European Group of Private International Law, and is an Associate Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).


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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780688442 / 9781839705298
Weight 600 g
Status Available
Number of pages 434 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Mar 27, 2024
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  • Table of Contents and Front Matter
  • Chapter 1. History and Scope of Brussels II-ter
  • Chapter 2. Common Rules on Court Proceedings
  • Chapter 3. Jurisdiction in Matrimonial Matters
  • Chapter 4. Jurisdiction in Matters of Parental Responsibility
  • Chapter 5. Coordination of Proceedings
  • Chapter 6. International Child Abduction
  • Chapter 7. The Hearing of the Child
  • Chapter 8. Recognition of Decisions
  • Chapter 9. Enforcement of Decisions
  • Chapter 10. Recognition and Enforcement of Authentic Instruments and Agreements
  • Chapter 11. Cooperation in Matters of Parental Responsibility
  • Chapter 12. The Relationship between the EU and the UK
  • Index