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Recently, the May/June issue of the German legal journal “Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts” (IPRax) was released.

It contains the following articles/case notes (including the reviewed decisions):

  • M. Stürner: “Staatenimmunität und Brüssel I-Verordnung – Die zivilprozessuale Behandlung von Entschädigungsklagen wegen Kriegsverbrechen im Europäischen Justizraum” – The English abstract reads as follows:

New Articles for Early 2008

It has been a little while since my last trawl through the law journals, and a few articles and casenotes have been published in the intervening period that private international law enthusiasts may wish to add to their reading list:

J.M. Carruthers, “De Facto Cohabitation: the International Private Law Dimension” (2008) 12 Edinburgh Law Review 51 – 76.

P. Beaumont & Z. Tang, “Classification of Delictual Damages – Harding v Wealands and the Rome II Regulation” (2008) 12 Edinburgh Law Review 131 – 136.

G. Ruhl, “Extending Ingmar to Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses: The End of Party Autonomy in Contracts with Commercial Agents?” (2007) 6 European Review of Private Law 891 – 903. An abstract:

On 20 September, Advocate General Kokott has delivered her opinion on the first reference for a preliminary ruling on the Brussels II bis Regulation (Regulation 2201/2003/EC) – Applicant C, C-435/06.

Today, the European Court of Justice has delivered the judgment in case C-292/05 (Lechouritou and Others v. Federal Republic of Germany).

The case concerned an action for compensation based on the Brussels Convention brought by Greek descendants of victims of a massacre perpetrated by German armed forces in 1943 in Greece against the Federal Republic of Germany with regard to financial loss, non-material damage and mental anguish. 

The Court of Appeal Patras had referred the following questions to the ECJ:

Advocate General Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer has given his Opinion in Case C-292/05 Lechouritou and Others.

The case is concerned with whether claims for compensation which are brought by a number of Greek citizens against a Contracting State (Germany) as being liable under civil law for acts or omissions of its armed forces fall within the scope ratione materiae of the Brussels Convention. The following questions were referred to the ECJ by order of the Efetio Patron (Court of Appeal, Patras):