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European Private International Law and Member State Treaties with Third States

The Case of the European Succession Regulation

Book | 1st edition 2019 | United Kingdom | Anatol Dutta, Wolfgang Wurmnest

Several Member States of the European Union have concluded treaties and conventions with Third States dealing with questions of succession law in cross-border matters. Some of these treaties originate from the beginning of the 20th century and are outdated. The European legislator, however, cannot supersede these treaties and conventions unilaterally with its regulations, in fact they enjoy priority over the European Succession Regulation. The harmonizing effect of European private international law is hence endangered, the more so, as these treaties and conventions often cover large groups of third State nationals in the respective Member State.

This book analyzes the background, scope and practical impact of bilateral treaties and multilateral conventions concluded by selected Member States of the European Union with third States, both from the European and the third State perspective. It evaluates the impact of these treaties and conventions on the functioning of the European Succession Regulation and the possibilities to facilitate the interplay between these instruments and European private international law.


'...A truly pioneering work ... That is what successful European legal research with practical value looks like!' -- Peter Mankowski, ErbR, 2020

'The relevance and the practical importance of the matter and the high quality of the book's contributions make it useful and captivating reading which offers much food for thought, as well as some important suggestions for improving the unsatisfactory current situation.' -- Alessandra Zanobetti Bologna, Common Market Law Review, 2021

'This unique book covers an almost uncharted field, and allows a broader readership to get a complete picture of this underrated part of Regulation 650/2012. The high quality of the contributions makes the book an outstanding work in the field of comparative private international law. It will be a useful guide for academics and professionals, while at the same time it will stimulate and facilitate further comparative research.' -- Apostolos Anthimos, Armenopoulos, 2020.
This quote has been translated from Greek.

Anatol Dutta holds a Chair of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.

Wolfgang Wurmnest holds the Chair of Private Law, Commercial Law, Private International and Comparative Law at the University of Augsburg.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780686646 / 9781780689043
Weight 900 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxiv + 468 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jul 31, 2019
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Available on Strada Belgique No
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Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
  • Introduction
  • Questionnaire
  • Part I. The Perspective of EU Member States
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland and Sweden
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Part II. The Perspective of Third States
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro
  • Iran
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Part III. The Perspective of the European Union and a Comparative Outlook
  • The Perspective of the European Union
  • Comparative Report and Policy Perspectives