Answer ... In the absence of any applicable statutes or agreements between Norway and the relevant foreign state, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments/awards in civil and commercial matters are subject to the Norwegian Enforcement Act of 26 June 1992, read with the Dispute Act of 17 June 2005 and the Arbitration Act of 14 May 2004.
The Lugano Convention (2007), which corresponds to the Brussels I Regulation (2001) applicable between EU member states, is incorporated into the Dispute Act and is to be deemed as Norwegian rules of law, see the Dispute Act Section 4-8.
Answer ... The following bilateral and multilateral instruments have effect in Norway:
- the Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters of 30 October 2007 (the Lugano Convention);
- the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance of 23 November 2007
- the Agreement between Norway and the United States for the Enforcement of Maintenance Obligations of 10 June 2002;
- the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution damage of 23 March 2001;
- the European Patent Convention 2000, as adopted by decision of the Administrative Council of 28 June 2001;
- the Protocol for the Modification of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail of 3 June 1999;
- the Civil Law Convention on Corruption of 4 November 1999;
- the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Cooperation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children of 19 October 1996;
- the Nordic Agreement on Assistance in Tax Matters of 7 December 1989;
- the European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children of 20 May 1980;
- the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions relating to Maintenance Obligations of 2 October 1973;
- the Convention on the Recognition of Divorces and Legal Separations of 1 June 1970;
- the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 10 June 1958 (the New York Arbitration Convention);
- the Convention concerning the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions relating to Maintenance Obligations towards Children of 15 April 1958; and
- the Agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom regarding Legal Proceedings in Civil and Commercial Matters of 30 January 1931.
Answer ... The ordinary courts of Norway have jurisdiction to hear applications for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. The application is sent to the local district court in accordance with the venue provisions of the Norwegian Enforcement Act.