5.01 We now consider matters specifically excluded from the scope of the instruments. Each of the instruments contains a list of subjects—for example, status of natural persons—that are excluded from its scope.1 It should be emphasized at the outset that, under Brussels, and almost certainly under Lugano and Hague as well, these legal concepts—like the general concept of ‘civil and commercial matter’ discussed in the previous chapter—have an autonomous meaning.2 They are not interpreted according to national law. If they did not have an autonomous meaning, the...
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