1988 Lugano Convention
Convention of 16 September 1988 on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. Its effects are materially the same as the Brussels Convention (www.practicallaw.com/0-205-5104), and it governs issues of jurisdiction between the fifteen pre-2004 European Union (www.practicallaw.com/6-107-6562) member states, Poland and the European Free Trade Association (www.practicallaw.com/4-107-6558) countries other than Liechtenstein (namely Iceland, Switzerland and Norway). Full text available here.
(The fifteen pre-2004 EU member states are: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, and Sweden.)
Note that the final text of a new Lugano Convention was published in the Official Journal on 21 December 2007, L339/3 (the 2007 Lugano Convention (www.practicallaw.com/6-501-0897)). The Swiss Federal Council is the official depository for the 2007 Lugano Convention and information on its ratification can be checked here.
On 18 May 2009, the EC ratified the 2007 Lugano Convention with effect for all member states except Denmark. The 2007 Lugano Convention was ratified by Norway on 1 July 2009 and by Denmark on 24 September 2009, and entered into force as between the European Union member states and Norway on 1 January 2010. Switzerland ratified the 2007 Lugano Convention on 20 October 2010, with effect from 1 January 2011. The 2007 Lugano Convention was ratified by the Republic of Iceland on 25 February 2011 and entered into force as between the EU and Iceland on 1 May 2011. The 1988 Lugano Convention will only remain relevant for proceedings commenced before the applicable date of the entry into force of the 2007 Lugano Convention in the relevant state of origin.