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Court rules that jurisdiction agreement in bill of lading cannot be set aside due to "international character" of dispute

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On 9 September 2021, the Supreme Court of Denmark determined whether legal proceedings against a Danish shipping company, which had contracted to carry containers from China to Copenhagen, could proceed in Denmark irrespective of the fact that the claimant and the shipping company had agreed that the dispute should be heard exclusively by the UK High Court. The Supreme Court decided that the dispute had such an international character that the jurisdiction agreement between the parties could not be set aside under section 310(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act, since the EU Recast Brussels Regulation(1) applied.

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