This book deals with judicial jurisdiction of state courts in international disputes, in particular those arising out of transnational commercial contracts entered into between private entities, individuals, and corporations.1 The present study examines whether any common grounds in jurisdiction rules exist and, as the case may be, whether a uniform global jurisdictional system for international contractual disputes is achievable. The question of jurisdiction of state courts to adjudicate transnational commercial disputes becomes relevant when a contract or dispute has an international dimension, for example because the parties are located in different countries, such as a sales contract with an Australian seller and a Dutch buyer, or because the contract calls for performance outside the states of the parties’ seats. For a proper understanding of the relevance of jurisdiction in international court litigation, the following introductory remarks will put this study into the context of international commercial litigation.

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F.J.M. de Ly (Filip)
Erasmus University Rotterdam , T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
Erasmus School of Law

van Lith, H. (2009, June 19). International Jurisdiction and Commercial Litigation: uniform rules for contract disputes. Retrieved from