Finality of Litigation: Preclusion and Foreign Judgments in English and Dutch Law, and a Suggested Approach

Jacob van de Velden

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This thesis does three things: first, Part I clarifies by reference to English law (Chapter 1) and Dutch law (Chapter 2) how different legal systems implement the principle of finality of litigation—a process called ‘preclusion’; second, Part II rationalises the problem of preclusion between jurisdictions, by distinguishing two often conflated but fundamentally distinct problems: first, recognition of foreign judgments and, second, preclusion by foreign judgments (Chapter 3), and by analysing how English and Dutch courts resolve issues of preclusion raised by foreign judgments which are amenable to recognition (Chapter 4); and, finally, Part III evaluates the recent process of harmonisation of preclusion law at the EU level (Chapter 5) and suggests an approach to resolving the issues which arise upon recognition in case a foreign judgment is invoked for purposes of preclusion—to achieve finality of litigation locally after justice has been done abroad (Chapter 6).
Translated title of the contributionDe eindigheid van het rechtsgeding: Preclusie en buitenlandse vonnissen naar Engels en Nederlands recht, en een conflictenrechtelijk model
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • ten Wolde, Mathijs, Supervisor
  • Gormley, Laurence, Supervisor
Award date3-Jul-2014
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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