Jurisdiction issues in bilateral treaties on legal assistance

Ukraine concluded bilateral agreements with 30 states, the great deal of these agreements arrange inter alia jurisdiction, i.e. which court has a right to consider disputes between the parties. There are several types of jurisdiction, such as general (jurisdiction is indicated by means of a range of specific rules), contractual (parties conclude an exclusive choice of court agreement), exclusive (there is no way to evade the court having exclusive jurisdiction, this court is the only court to decide a dispute) and alternative jurisdiction (parties may elect among several courts the one that suits them, the doctrine calls that forum shopping). In the present articleicpdf, the author analyses how the envisaged matter is regulated at the bilateral level between Ukraine and other states.