From 11 January 2009 the new EU Regulation, Rome II, changes the rules that determine the law applicable to a range of non-contractual obligations. The new rules introduce a choice of laws and will apply to events giving rise to damages which occur after 20 August 2007, provided the claim is brought on or after 11 January 2009. Under Rome II the general rule in relation to torts will be that the applicable law will (where no choice has been made and subject to some exceptions) be determined on the basis of where the damage occurs, rather than where the events constituting the tort took place.
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