Justice Ministry Proposes New Private International Law Act

private law25 July 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 16

The Ministry of Justice sent the draft of the new Private International Law Act. Currently, the main source of private international law in Croatia is the Act on Resolving Conflict of Laws with Other Countries’ Regulations in Certain Relations. The aforementioned Act was passed in 1982. Meanwhile, significant international relations changes have occurred, including the fact that Croatia became an EU member state. Therefore, it is necessary to pass a new and modernised private international law act. In 2001, the Zagreb Faculty of Law published 55 theses in favour of passing the new act. The working group that drafted the law used the 55 theses as their starting point. The draft act contains rules for determining the applicable law in cases with an international element, the jurisdiction of courts in those cases, the rules for recognition of foreign court decisions, et al. The new act should enter into force on 1 July 2017. Public debate is open until 19 September. 

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