The Netherlands: Optional Choice of Court Agreements in a Globalizing World

  • Stephan F. G. RammelooEmail author
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 37)


Choice of court agreements are well-established in the Private International Law of the Netherlands on the basis of the Hague 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, EU Regulation 44/2001, and national jurisprudence of the Netherlands Supreme Court. In respect of private interregional law of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean Civil Procedural Law Act applies to “Caribbean-Dutch” choice of court cases. Pursuant to article 8 subsection 2 of the Dutch Civil Procedural Law Code codifying case law of the Highest Court of the Netherlands, an exclusive choice for a foreign court excludes jurisdiction power of a Dutch court. If, however, any such choice is of a non-exclusive nature the Dutch court remains competent (article 8 subsection 2). Though serving as a starting point, article 8 does not and cannot provide for conclusive answers to each and every question (interpretation, legal effects, damages in case of breach of the agreement) emanating from choice of court related conflicts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law Faculty, Maastricht University, Private Law DepartmentMaastrichtNetherlands

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