Do Latin notaries qualify as ‘courts’ and are they bound by the rules of jurisdiction under the European succession regulation?

31 October 2019

“What’s in a name?” – William Shakespeare’s famous question readily comes to one’s mind when analysing whether a national legal authority qualifies as a ‘court’ under the European Succession Regulation. In other words: what’s in a ‘court’? It is this very question that Member States are obliged to answer in the context of said Regulation.

Katja Zimmermann

Katja Zimmermann holds an LL.B. (European Law School – Regular Track) and two LL.M. degrees (European Law School –Ius Commune Track; Dutch Law – Private Law Specialization) from Maastricht University. During her studies, she participated in the MaRBLe for excellence program and the Masters Honors Research Track. She held two student assistantships and took part in four different moot court competitions. Her research focuses on land registration and specifically on the cross-border transfer of land in the European Union. She is co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Sjef van Erp and Prof. Dr. Reiner Schulze (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and involved in both the ITEM and the M-EPLI Institute. In addition to her Ph.D research, she works as a researcher for the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency.