The Dutch Choice of Law Rules on the Termination of Registered Partnerships

  • N. A. Baarsma


This chapter deals with the Dutch choice of law rules on the termination of registered partnerships. Despite some activity in this field, to date there is no international treaty providing for a regulation of the private international law aspects of registered partnerships. It is not very probable that an international treaty will be drawn up in the near future. The number of states that recognise the possibility of cohabitation outside marriage or of a registered partnership is too small. Although the number of countries introducing the institution of registered partnership increases, the large diversity of national regulations in this field will make it very hard to reach consensus on the international level. The Dutch Choice of Law Act on Registered Partnerships (Wet conflictenrecht geregistreerd partnerschap) provides for the choice of law on registered partnerships. Since Dutch law places registered partnerships as much as possible on an equal footing with marriage, the choice of law rules regarding the termination of registered partnerships sought connection to the choice of law rules on divorce. The choice of law on the termination of registered partnerships is based on the principle of favor dissolutionis, which implies that they aim to favour the possibility to terminate a registered partnership in an international case. The choice of law on the termination of registered partnerships has been divided in two categories: the registered partnerships entered into in the Netherlands (Article 22) and those entered into outside the Netherlands (Article 23). Article 23 CLARP makes a further distinction between termination by mutual consent and dissolution by the court. This structure can be traced back to Dutch procedural law. The Dutch legislator has created a two-track system for the termination of registered partnerships: the administrative procedure on the one hand and the judicial procedure on the other. The principal rule regarding the applicable law to the termination of a registered partnership is that Dutch law will apply in all cases unless the partners have chosen the application of the lex loci celebrationis. The general transitional provision of the Choice of Law Act on Registered Partnerships works out rather unfortunate with respect to the termination of registered partnerships. According to Article 29 of the CLARP do the rules provided for by the CLARP not apply to registered partnerships concluded prior to the date of its entry into force. This means that the termination of registered partnerships is only governed by the CLARP if the partnership has been entered into on or after 1 January 2005. Unfortunately the Dutch legislature has not amended this transitional provision in the Dutch Proposal on Private International Law.


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