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“The Court’s In Personam Jurisdiction in Cases Involving Foreign Land”

This article considers the primary exception to the Mozambique rule: where a court assumes jurisdiction in personam to enforce a contractual or equitable claim concerning foreign immovable property against a defendant subject to the courts personal jurisdiction. The author suggests that within this context the orthodox English approach to questions of jurisdiction is unsatisfactory. It is suggested that modern conflict of laws principles require that English courts apply the proper law of the claim when determining whether there is a sufficient equitable or contractual obligation to invoke the courts’ in personam jurisdiction. It is the author’s view that such an approach coupled with a robust application of the forum non conveniens doctrine will promote comity, consistency and the interests of justice. The author goes on to advocate for the recognition of foreign judgments that give effect to personal obligations in relations to English land

Jack Wass
Published in
International & Comparative Law Quarterly

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