Lawyers cannot be expected to master every aspect of highly-specialised areas of law, let alone foreign legal systems.
- I am looking for academic confirmation on the application of complex PIL rules.
- I would like to have my litigation file(s) checked for correct application of PIL rules according to the latest developments in this field of law.
- I am dealing with a complex international case, and I want to know whether proceedings can be conducted in the Netherlands.
- I am dealing with a complex international case, and I want to know which law applies to it.
- I have a judgement from abroad, and I want to know what its value is in the Netherlands.
- How can I have a Dutch court order executed abroad?
- I need to have a document served across borders. How does this work?
- I have a client with an uncontested claim against a foreign debtor, which EU procedure should I use to ensure a prompt collection of this debt?
- Can you help me access and understand a foreign legal system which pertains to one of my cases?
- I have found sources on a foreign legal system, but I cannot assess whether these sources are reliable and up to date.
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Martijn Polak, Vice President of the Dutch Supreme Court (Hoge Raad) and member of the Board of IJI on the complexity of the application of foreign law in the Netherlands.
Martijn Polak on the complexity of the application of foreign law in the Netherlands.
We can support you. Since 1918, we have focused on supporting legal professionals in the field of private international law and foreign law: especially international family law, international inheritance law and international commercial and property law. Our clients are mainly judges, lawyers and notaries. Read more about our advice and our working methods here.
Meet our client law firm Prakken d’Oliveira
Prakken d’Oliveira is a law firm in Amsterdam with a thriving international law practice. In the well-known Shell case, the IJI advised on the application of Nigerian law in the context of tort law.
Lawyer Mr. Channa Samkalden, Prakken d’Oliveira
Academic advice in dealing efficiently with your international file.
Lawyer Tim de Greve, partner at Stibbe.
I regularly engage the IJI in cases where PIL aspects play a role. The institute has existed for over 100 years and can therefore boast a long history and experience. There are prominent people associated with it. Not least Mr Strikwerda. They support you from the outset, immediately understand the question you are faced with and suggest possible solutions. They have the right connections at home and abroad to answer questions within a reasonable timeframe. Apart from that, it is very pleasant to work with the people of the IJI.
Lawyer Channa Samkalden, Prakken d'Oliveira
We have received advice from the IJI on several cases. One example is a case brought by a number of Nigerian farmers against Shell concerning oil pollution in Nigeria. That case is about the application of Nigerian law by the Dutch court. The IJI looked into the framework of tort law in Nigeria for us. We used that advice in the proceedings and also submitted it to the court and it showed, for instance, that our plaintiffs were also entitled to claim against Shell under Nigerian law. The IJI is extremely useful in all such cases because you receive very sound advice on the basis of which you know whether you should have a number of things investigated further. It’s very useful advice at an early stage of your procedure.
Attorney Ria van Seventer, Meesters aan de Maas Advocaten
Our law firm is based in Rotterdam, a city of more than 170 nationalities, so we regularly have to ask the IJI for advice. For example, I had to deal with the recognition of a child by an Italian man, to which Italian law had to be applied. I don’t speak Italian so I could not do that myself. Nor did I have access to the sources which the IJI has.
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