Private International Law Bill,2020

     Private International Law Bill,2020

Author: Urfi Ansari, Rizvi law College


The Private International Law Bill,2020 deals with dispute arising across borders, providing guidelines by resolving desperate situation with the compliance of the Hague Convention providing aid to cross country cases in the interest of Justice. The object of this law is to deal in the jurisdiction of foreign element by providing help to the child to wrongfully taken by one of the parents in different jurisdiction altogether or parents residing in two completely different countries dealing in the interest of the child under arrangements and divorce, in cases of commercial transactions this act provides help with regard to different country with different jurisdiction. The scope of this law enables simplicity in case of conflict between different provision holding this law as a guide for judiciary in disposal of disputes.

Private International Law:

In a nutshell, it means choice of law and its application when different domestic laws of different countries amount to a conflict of opinion in a private transaction. The said disputes cannot be resolved due to certain factors such as jurisdiction of courts, transfer of cases, lack of choices between law, Non-recognition of foreign judgments etc. Private International Law is formulated and enacted by understanding the core ideas of the domestic laws with its application on circumstantial environment[1]. It is formed and based from several origins such as conventions, guides, treaties, Model bylaws or any other form of regulations.

This Act deals in transactions which contracts, family disputes, dispute related to adoption of child, Tort, abduction of children, intangible (Intellectual) and tangible (Immovable & movable) property. Instances where any supplier keeps a small business with unpaid dues in another country provides individual in seeking remedy. People involved in cross border dispute without agreements will find it hard to settle. There may be decisions of different courts of different countries conflicting in opinion such cases and decisions pronounced by the courts of the UK may not be recognized abroad.

In family cases of child custody, maintenance which leads to financial strain on parent of different country. Thus, under such circumstances Private International Law provides assistance to the courts along with disputing parties to manage cases in a foreign environment. The UK acquired their freedom in international agreement of their own terms it applies to family law cases, insolvency, civil cases and commercial disputes. These rules apply to private civil law matters including commercial, insolvency and family law matters[2].

Bill 2020:

The parliament i.e., House of Lords and Common, upon the introduction of this bill in February 2020, pointed out 2 key role function. Private Law Agreements contain a key part of domestic laws in compliance with the Hague Convention. It is retained in the bill with additional implication of further providing by secondary legislation. Hague Convention 1996: focuses on protection of children in cross-country dispute and resolve family dispute in cross-country issue. Hague Convention 2005: It focused on cross border commercial contract and its disputes arising out of legal certainty including jurisdiction of court clause, by enabling choice of court upon which such adjudication will be made, recognition of such judgment across borders. Hague Convention 2007: It Provided for recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance across borders.

Initially government included delegation of power in the bill which made an exception to the government in implementing domestic law in Future Agreements vide delegate power. At the report stage of the bill this implementation ceases to go further however it was re-inserted by house of common at committee stage. The intention of this delegated power was to supply an efficient thanks to implement in domestic law new agreements on Private law while ensuring Parliament provided appropriate scrutiny. Under this power, any new agreements which required ratification (which is generally the case) would are subject to Parliamentary scrutiny separately under the Constitutional Reform and Governance (‘CRAG’) Act 2010 before the govt. decided that the United Kingdom should ratify them.

The delegated power was intended to potentially implement in domestic law the subsequent agreements on private international law: The 2007 Lugano Convention This convention provides certainty on where a civil or commercial cross-border dispute should be heard and ensures that the resulting judgment will be recognized and enforced between the contracting parties. It helps prevent multiple lawsuits happening on the identical subject material in numerous countries and reduces the prices and expenses for the parties involved. for instance, where a Norwegian company has done not deliver goods to a UK buyer, the Convention implies that the client can seek redress within the UK courts and therefore the resulting judgment will be more easily recognized and enforced in Norway.

This is often a crucial convention for UK businesses, consumers, legal services and families. It currently underpins the Private jurisprudence relationship between the EU and Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, and our participation was because of our previous membership of the EU[3].The United Kingdom continues to participate during this convention for the duration of the transition period. Our continued participation beyond then is subject to the agreement of the opposite parties to the present convention. Whilst we don’t currently know the end result of the UK’s application, this government has been clear that the United Kingdom will seek to become an independent party to the current important convention in our title as soon as possible after the top of the transition period.

A delegated power within the Bill would be the foremost efficient thanks to implement the Convention in a very timely manner to minimize disruption to UK businesses, individuals and families who depend on its rules to resolve cross-border disputes. The United Kingdom submitted our application to accede to the present convention on 8 April and also the contracting parties are currently considering it. The 2019 Singapore Convention this can be a brand-new convention on the enforcement of mediated settlement agreements in cross border commercial disputes. Mediation involves a neutral third-party assisting disputing parties to figure towards a negotiated settlement.

The govt. is currently considering whether the United Kingdom should join this convention. Current and future Hague Conference Agreements Den Haag Conference on Private law is that the leading international forum for developing internationally agreed rules on Private law of nations with a membership of 82 states and also the EU. the United Kingdom currently participates in 13 of its conventions. ‘S Gravenhage Conference continues to develop new agreements and other forms of instruments on Private law, last urban center Judgments Convention 2019 on the popularity and enforcement of civil and commercial judgments. If the United Kingdom wished to affix these new agreements and other sorts of instruments within the future, they might also require implementation in domestic law[4].

The UK currently participates in these arrangements as a result of its former membership of the EU, likewise as EU wide measures governing cooperation in cross border legal disputes. At the top of the transition period the United Kingdom will have to make alternative arrangements, including gaining membership of city Conventions in its title. The Bill would be England and Wales, Scotland and European country. Legislative Consent Motions were agreed by the Scottish Parliament, and by the Northern Ireland Assembly.


[1]De Droit International Privie





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