Jurisdiction in 3D – “scope of (remedial) jurisdiction” as a third dimension of jurisdiction

Date of this Version


Document Type

Journal Article

Grant Number

Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (project number FT120100583)

Publication Details

Citation only

Svantesson, D. J. B. (2016). Jurisdiction in 3D – “scope of (remedial) jurisdiction” as a third dimension of jurisdiction. Journal of Private International Law, 12 (1), 60-76.

Access the journal

© Copyright, Taylor & Francis, 2016




When private international law lawyers discuss jurisdiction, focus is typically placed primarily on personal jurisdiction, and secondarily on subject matter jurisdiction. This article seeks to demonstrate that there is a third matter – what we can call scope of jurisdiction, or perhaps scope of remedial jurisdiction – that needs to be considered. Scope of jurisdiction relates to the appropriate geographical scope of orders rendered by a court that has personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction. This question has gained far less attention to date. This article highlights why scope of jurisdiction is of particular importance in today's society dominated by constant, substantial and fluid cross-border interaction online, and discusses whether scope of jurisdiction is a separate issue or merely a sub-component of some other concept. Finally, it examines how we may impose appropriate limits on scope of jurisdiction.

This document is currently not available here.



This document has been peer reviewed.