This book is the first contribution to a new series, Oxford Monographs in Private International Law. The aim of the series is to publish works of originality and quality on a number of important and developing areas of private international law. Contemporary private international law is a subject characterised by a marked interaction between scholarly and practitioner interests. The series is designed to accommodate this.
Declining to exercise jurisdiction is a topic which is both intellectually challenging and of great practical importance. Progressive relaxation of rigid legal limitations upon the very existence of jurisdiction has, not surprisingly, given rise to a need for restraint in its exercise. It is important that this need be met in a sophisticated, but well-ordered, way. The present book draws upon the experiences of, and developments in, a wide range of countries. The comparisons and contrasts which emerge are illuminating and could prove to be influential.
Wadham College, Oxford. P. B. CARTER 5 April, 1995