The first half of this chapter considers jurisdiction. When a dispute arises, the court which is competent to adjudicate the

dispute is said to have jurisdiction. Reinsurance contracts tend to be international by their nature, and often there is more than one court which might be willing to accept jurisdiction over the dispute. There is a complex (and rather dry) body of rules which the English court applies to determine whether or not it has jurisdiction. We give an overview of these rules.