The Project is ground-breaking, not only in its scope but also in terms of multi-disciplinary approach. In analysing the interaction between the Regulation and the other EU private international law instruments, it supplements a primarily comparative legal approach with the use of empirical research.

The comparative legal research is carried out through the analysis of legislation, case law of national courts in EU Member States, as well as of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and legal writing. It identifies difficulties in application and points to best practices when applying the provisions of BIa Regulation primarily, but also of its predecessor (Brussels I Regulation) and other closely related private international law sources.

The empirical research makes use of various methods, both qualitative and quantitative. On the basis of Questionnaires, National Reporters from EU Member States provide information on the relevant case law and legal literature, as well as any other available data.

In September 2020, a Conference will be held in The Hague, aimed at promoting knowledge sharing amongst academic, legal practitioners and legislators. It will involve a broad range of scholars and practitioners from various EU Member States who are known as specialists in international civil procedure.

Information on the Conference will be made available in due course.