The output from the research will be both academic and policy orientated. The main results of the research on specific problems regarding the application of the Brussels I, Brussels IIa, Maintenance, Rome I and Rome II Regulations in the target countries are intended to be published in a book. The difficult issues of interpretation that potential cross-border litigants, Member States' courts and the CJEU face at present will be addressed head-on. A strong feature of the book is that it will be based on empirical studies that will be conducted in six Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom). The Member State teams are led by internationally recognised legal scholars. This comparative study will provide valuable information on how cross-border private litigation functions at the moment, and how the EU institutional framework could be developed in the future.

A database has been developed for the project and is now live. The EUPILLAR Database contains summaries in English of over 2300 judgments that were rendered between 1 March 2002 and 31 December 2015 concerning the Brussels I (Brussels I Recast), Brussels IIa, Maintenance, Rome I and Rome II Regulations and the Hague Maintenance Protocol in the Court of Justice of the European Union and in Belgium, Germany, England and Wales, Italy, Poland, Scotland and Spain. The EUPILLAR Database, established and maintained by the University of Aberdeen, is available at