Book review: Prof. Dr. Bob Wessels, International Insolvency Law 3rd ed., Kluwer, Deventer, 2012

Author:Paul Varul - Signe Viimsalu
Position:Professor of Civil Law, University of Tartu - Ph.D., Managing Partner at SiGN9
Paul Varul Signe Viimsalu
Professor of Civil Law Ph.D.,
University of Tartu Managing Partner at SiGN9
Prof. Dr. Bob Wessels
International Insolvency Law
3rd ed., Kluwer, Deventer, 2012.
International insolvency cases can give rise to different complex legal questions. Typical examples are the
international jurisdiction of a court, the law applicable to insolvency proceedings and the substantive and
procedural effects of these proceedings. An additional dimension plays a role when relevant legal systems of
insolvency law differ, because of the economic structure of the market, the policies underlying the general
legal system, the interests protected in the insolvency law system and the order of the private law.
The book written by Bob Wessels is de nitely a source to be commonly used in international insolvency
practice. This publication contains some 1200 pages in all including bibliography, list of relevant websites,
table of cases and tables of legislation and is a very useful source for the reader, whether an academic or a
This publication, as the author states in the preface, is a revised and augmented edition of “Interna-
tional Insolvency Law” published in 2006. As with the 2nd edition in 2006, this 3rd edition appears as
Volume X of the ten-volume series Wessels Insolvency Law. This book differs from other Volumes in its
aim not only to be the rst point of reference on any question on international insolvency law for special-
ists (such as practitioners, judges and scholars), but also for those, who are new to the subject, including
legislators and students. It is inevitably obvious that substantial qualitative updates have been made to the
previous edition of the book.
This book contains four main chapters:
I International Insolvency Law,
II International Insolvency Law in the Netherlands,
III UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency, Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law
and Practice Guide,
IV EU Insolvency Regulation
IV 1 General Provisions
IV 2 Recognition of insolvency proceedings
IV 3 Secondary insolvency proceedings
IV 4 Provision of information to creditors and lodgement of their claims
IV 5 Transitional and nal provisions
IV 6 The Insolvency Regulation as a model
and an additional concluding chapter, V – To conclude
Every chapter (excluding V) starts with introductory remarks to the topic, which gives an opportunity for
the new reader to get familiar with the scope of the ensuing themes and general problems to be focused on.
Each theme contains sources which are included in the discussions and analysis throughout the book. In

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