Collective actions across the globe

As you will know, Belgium does not have a full-fledged class action system. However, the introduction of class actions or group actions into the Belgian judicial procedure has been the object of intense public debate over the past few years.

The ongoing high-profile discussions on collective redress at the EU level recently gained traction with the Belgian legislator as well as with other stakeholders and resulted in a number of legislative initiatives in the field. Given their potential far-reaching consequences, these initiatives merit continuous scrutiny.

As part of our effort to monitor and comment on these developments, we have reviewed the latest governmental proposal for the introduction of class actions in Belgium and in particular some of its main benefits and points of critique. Our review has been published as the Belgian contribution to the 2012 edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Class & Group Actions. It is our pleasure to provide you with a copy of our contribution.

For your convenience, we also provide you with a copy of the latest edition of our Linklaters Comparative Guide on Collective Actions, which provides insights into key questions relating to class actions in a number of jurisdictions where Linklaters has offices.

We hope you find these materials helpful and remain at your disposal should you have any further queries. If you would like further information please contact Joost Verlinden, +32 (0) 2 501 94 56 or your usual Linklaters contact.