This book investigates the concept of procedural autonomy of Member States in the light of EU law. Does procedural autonomy still adequately describe the powers of national lawmakers and courts to design their civil procedural systems or is it misleading? For the last few decades, Europe has been in a period of increasing Europeanisation of civil procedure. Increased powers of the EU have resulted in hard law, case law and soft law that regulate many types of domestic and cross-border civil cases. These rules have both direct and indirect implications for national procedural law.
Gaining insights from selected European jurisdictions (Belgium, England and Wales, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), this book explores the concept of procedural autonomy from different angles: Is procedural autonomy an adequate term? How is procedural autonomy understood nationally, and is there variation among the Member States? Do some types of EU law or specific characteristics of EU civil procedural law restrain procedural autonomy more than other? How can these differences be explained and is it possible to identify the sources causing such discrepancies?
Procedural Autonomy across Europe is a stimulating discussion for lawyers with an interest in civil procedure.
Aspects of Procedural Autonomy (p. 1)
Procedural Autonomy and Belgian Civil Procedure Law: A Turbulent Cohabitation (p. 13)
The English Approach to Procedural Autonomy (p. 37)
The Finnish Way of Understanding Procedural Autonomy: A Practical Approach to Implementing EU Civil Procedural Law (p. 57)
A German Perspective on the Waning Procedural Autonomy in Civil Matters: Who is Afraid of European Civil Procedure? (p. 81)
Procedural Autonomy in the Netherlands: A Fading Relic? (p. 101)
Procedural Autonomy, the EEA Agreement and Norwegian Law: The Art of Bridging a Gap and Maintaining it Too (p. 119)
A Polish Perspective on Collective Civil Proceedings: Reluctance to Follow EU Recommendations? (p. 139)
Procedural Autonomy between EU Law and the Slovenian Law of Civil Procedure (p. 165)
Autonomy of the Spanish Legislator in the Regulation of Procedural: The Borders of European Case Law (p. 183)
Procedural Autonomy in Sweden: Is Materielle Prozessleitung the Answer? (p. 203)
Comparative Insights on Procedural Autonomy (p. 227)