Content IPRax Issue 2/2011 (March 2011)


J. Basedow
Das Staatsangehörigkeitsprinzip in der Europäischen Union 109

In continental countries, citizenship has traditionally played an important role as a connecting factor in the private international law relating to personal status. The article outlines the gradual emergence of this connecting factor throughout the 150 years of rising nationalism up to World War II and explores its remaining significance in the framework of European integration, with a par- ticular view to the prohibition of discrimination on grounds of nationality under article 18 TFEU. Against the background of the historical purpose of that provi- sion, the author advocates an anti-protectionist reading of that article which does not categorically prohibit the use of citizenship as a connecting factor, but only a discrimination of foreigners on the sole ground of their foreign citizenship. This interpretation is underpinned by a detailed inquiry into the case law of the Euro- pean Court of Justice on article 18 and into the secondary law of the European Union. This approach leads to detailed conclusions with regard to the use of nationality in the areas of jurisdiction, choice of law rules and recognition.

I. Bach
Zurück in die Zukunft – die dogmatische Einordnung der Rechtsscheinvollmacht im gemein-europäischen IPR 116

Under most legal systems, a principal may be bound by a contract that his agent has concluded even if the agent lacked the actual authority to do so. As long as the principal’s conduct creates the reasonable impression that he authorized his agent to conduct the transaction, the law protects the third party. Under German law, such a “reasonable impression” is presumed in particular when (a) the principal has knowledge of the agent’s behavior yet does not intervene (“Duldungs- vollmacht”), or when (b) the principal could (and should) have knowledge that would allow him to intervene (“Anscheinsvollmacht”). European conflict-of-laws rules raise the question of whether the prin- cipal’s liability under the agent’s apparent authority should be classified as a contractual or a non-contractual obligation – i.e. whether Rome I or Rome II determines the applicable law. In light of the ECJ’s criteria for dis- tinguishing contractual from non-contractual obligations, this paper concludes that both of the above-mentioned apparent authority scenarios of German law must be classified as non-contractual obligations, thus placing them within the scope of Rome II. This result generates a difficult follow-up question: is apparent authority a case of culpa in contrahendo (Art. 12 Rome II) or should it be governed by Rome II’s general rule on torts/delicts (Art. 4)? This paper tends towards an application of Art. 12 Rome II.

M. Micha
Der Klägergerichtsstand des Geschädigten bei versicherungsrechtlichen Direktklagen in der Revision der EuGVVO 121

The Commission of the EC presented a Report together with a Green Paper on the review of Regulation 44/2001 on jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters. The present article examines the needs for review with a view to a recent decision of the ECJ (FTBO ./. Jack Odenbreit), in which it granted the person injured in a car accident a forum in the Member State of his domicile, although the accident took place in another Member State where the insured tortfeasor was domiciled and had taken out motor liability insurance for his car. On the whole, the present legal situation is satisfying. Concerning third State situations, the injured person should be granted a forum at his domicile, if the accident took place within the EU although the insurer is not domiciled in a Member State. Choice of court agreements do not bind the injured person if they are to his detriment.

B. Hess
Die Reform der EuGVVO und die Zukunft des Europäischen Zivilprozessrechts 125

On December 14, 2010, the European Commission presented its highly anticipated proposal for the reform of the Brussels I Regulation. This proposal marks the beginning of the formal law-making process to recast the Regulation. Intense, legal and political debate concerning the function and the reform of this central legal instrument of the European Judicial Area can be expected in the next months. This debate should not be limited to the legal instrument itself, but it should address the future of European Procedural Law as a whole. In particular, procedural law academics should continue to engage actively in – and thereby influence – European judicial policy. The following contribution deals with the cornerstones of the reform proposals and contrasts them to the current stage of European Civil Procedural Law. It also contains a first evaluation of the reform proposals.


A. Spickhoff
Persönlichkeitsverletzungen im Internet: Internationale Zuständigkeit und Kollisionsrecht (EuGH, S. 166, BGH, S. 167, LG Köln, S. 170 und OGH, S. 174) 131
A. Dutta
Ein besonderer Gerichtsstand für die Geschäftsführung ohne Auftrag in Europa? (OLG Köln, S. 174 und LG Aachen, S. 175) 134

Localising negotiorum gestio on the map of the law of obligations is a difficult task, especially when applying autonomous criteria such as those developed by the European Court of Justice for the terms “contract” and “tort” in Article 5 (1) and (3) of the Brussels I Regulation. In a recent decision, the Regional Court of Appeal in Cologne held that obligations flowing from negotiorum gestio are, for purposes of the European jurisdictional rules, neither contractual nor tortuous. That view appears to be sound not only in theory but also in practice (infra III.): Article 5 (1) and (3) of the Brussels I Regulation – if applied to negotiorum gestio – would not lead to the proper forum for disputes on negotiorum gestio, namely the courts at the place where the negotiorum gestio was performed (infra II). Hence, the article suggests that a new special head of jurisdiction for negotiorum gestio should be introduced (infra IV.).

H. Wais
Internationale Zuständigkeit bei gesellschaftsrechtlichen Ansprüchen aus Geschäftsführerhaftung gemäß § 64 Abs. 2 Satz 1 GmbHG a.F./§ 64 Satz 1 GmbHG n.F. (OLG Düsseldorf, S. 176 und OLG Karlsruhe, S. 179) 138

Must international jurisdiction for liability claims based on § 64 GmbHG against a foreign director of a German company with restricted liability (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) be determined according to the European Insolvency Regulation or according to the Brussels I Regulation? Furthermore, if one applies the Brussels I Regulation, has the claim to be qualified as a matter relating to a contract pursuant to Art. 5 (1), or to a tort pursuant to Art. 5 (3) Brussels I Regulation? Both the OLG Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court) and the OLG Karlsruhe had to consider these questions in recent cases. In accordance with earlier decisions of German courts the OLG Düsseldorf regarded Art. 5 (1) Brussels I Regulation applicable.

M. Brinkmann
Die Auswirkungen der Eröffnung eines Verfahrens nach Chapter 11 U.S. Bankruptcy Code auf im Inland anhängige Prozesse (BGH, S. 181) 143

The article discusses the effects of the commencement of insolvency proceedings on a lawsuit pending between the debtor and another party. When the lawsuit is taking place in another jurisdiction than the insolvency proceedings, three questions have to be answered: 1.) Does the lex fori processus recognize the foreign insolvency proceedings? 2.) If yes, does the commencement of the foreign insolvency proceedings lead to a stay of the litigation? 3.) If yes, who, or rather which side has the right to resume the lawsuit? Against the backdrop of a decision by the Bundesgerichtshof dealing with the effects of a U.S.-chapter 11 filing on a lawsuit before German courts, Brinkmann shows the differences between the solutions under the European Insolvency Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 and under § 352 German Insolvency Code (InsO) which is applicable when the insolvency proceedings are in a non-EU member state: While Art. 15 of the European Insolvency Regulation is a conflict rule under which the lex fori processus is applicable to answer questions 2.) and 3.), § 352 I 1 German Insolvency Code is a substantive rule that directly stays the domestic lawsuit. On the question, who has the right to resume the litigation, the Bundesgerichtshof applies the lex fori concursus. Brinkmann argues that this issue should be decided by the lex fori processus notwithstanding § 352 I 2 InsO.

J. Pirrung
Teilaussetzung des Verfahrens zur Vollstreckbarerklärung einer griechischen „konservativen Beschlagnahme” von Vermögen (OLG Köln, S. 184) 149

Where the defendant has requested a revocation of a provisional measure according to art. 697 of the Greek law on civil procedure, this is equivalent to an ordinary appeal in the sense of art. 46 of the Brussels I regulation.

M.-P. Weller
Windscheids Anspruchsbegriff im Strudel der Insolvenzrechtsarbitrage (OLG Celle, S. 186) 150

The doctrine of actionability of a creditor's claim can be traced back to Windscheid. From the perspective of the German lex fori the actionablity has to be qualified not as a procedural but as a substantive element of the claim. As a consequence an action has to be dismissed not as (procedurally) inadmissible but as unfounded, when the creditor's claim is non-actionable. According to French insolvency law, the creditor's claim loses its element of actionability when an insolvency proceeding is opened. The claim even remains non-actionable when the insolvency proceeding comes to an end due to lack of assets. According to Art. 17 EuInsVO, these consequences of the French insolvency law has to be recognized in all other EU member states. The differences in the insolvency laws of the EU member states lead to arbitrary behaviour of debtors in International Insolvency Law.

B. Heiderhoff
Wann ist ein „Clean Break” unterhaltsrechtlich zu qualifizieren? (BGH, S. 187) 156

It seemed scandalous to some when the 12th chamber of the German Supreme Court (BGH) decided, in 2009, that an English divorce judgement was only partly enforceable. However, the BGH only held that the Brussels I Regulation was not applicable as the 2004 order of the High Court concerned matrimonial property (excluded from the scope of the regulation under Article 1 sec 2 lit a) rather than maintenance (to which the regulation is applicable). It is internationally acknowledged that maintenance may be paid in a lump sum. In order to decide whether a payment serves as maintenance or as a division of matrimonial property, one must inquire about the reasons behind the payment: i.e., where the payment serves to secure the future standard of living it functions as maintenance; however, where economic disparity sustained by one partner during the marriage is to be compensated, matrimonial property law is concerned. From an EU perspective, the main question should be whether the national courts may determine the quality of the lump sum payment or whether there should be a purely autonomous determination by the ECJ. It would certainly be frustrating if the mere use of the word “maintenance” in the national court order was held to be decisive. Objective and secure criteria for a distinction between matrimonial property and maintenance may be found, although none seem obvious at first glance. They must consider the fact that different countries have different economic realities, especially as far as housing is concerned. These questions should, however, be answered by the ECJ and the BGH should have requested a preliminary ruling.

U. Janzen/V. Gärtner
Kindschaftsrechtliche Spannungsverhältnisse im Rahmen der EuEheVO - die Entscheidung des EuGH in Sachen Detiček (EuGH, S. 190) 158

On 23 December 2009 the ECJ delivered its judgment in Re Detiček which has been dealt with under the urgent procedure pursuant to Art. 104b of the ECJ's Rules of Procedure. The case concerned basically the question whether courts of the Member State where the child is present, can take protective measures on the basis of Art. 20 Brussels II bis Regulation even if a court of another Member State having jurisdiction as to the substance has already taken a protective measure declared enforceable in the first Member State. The ECJ answered this question in the negative, based primarily on teleological and systematic arguments. While the authors agree with the ECJ with regard to the case in question, the approach taken by the ECJ might be challenged in several respects: First, it can be questioned whether the ECJ put too much emphasis on systematic and technical arguments such as facilitating the enforcement of decisions of another Member State as well as the deterrence from wrongful removals, while neglecting the principal aim of the Regulation's provisions on parental responsibility – safeguarding the child's best interest. In the authors' opinion, Art. 20 (1) Brussels II bis does, in principle, not allow provisional measures in situations where the court having jurisdiction as to the substance has already taken a protective measure declared enforceable in the Member State in question, which is illustrated by the rule Art. 20 (2) Brussels II bis. However, the authors argue that – taking into account the Regulation's paramount objective – there might be a need to allow provisional measures also in these cases under certain (strict) conditions – namely if the factual situation has changed significantly subsequent to this first decision and if the new circumstances lead to the assumption of an urgent case in terms of Art. 20 (1) Brussels II bis. Secondly, the authors raise the question whether the ECJ proceeded in a methodologically correct way by examining whether the requirements for provisional measures according to Art. 20 Brussels II bis – urgency, presence of the relevant person(s) in the Member State in question, provisional nature of the measure – are met in the present case, or whether this was rather for the national court to decide. Further, in this context it is submitted that – in derogation from the position adopted by the ECJ in the present decision – it is decisive for the question whether measures can be taken under Art. 20 Brussels II bis whether the child is present in the respective Member State – and not where the parents are located.

Rezensierte Entscheidungen

12 EuGH 20.11.2009 Rs. C-278/09 Persönlichkeitsverletzungen im Internet: Internationale Zuständigkeit und Kollisionsrecht [A. Spickhoff, S. 131] 166
13 BGH 02.03.2010 VI ZR 23/09
14 LG Köln 26.08.2009 28 O 478/08
15 OGH 08.09.2009 4 Ob 138/09m Ein besonderer Gerichtsstand für die Geschäftsführung ohne Auftrag in Europa? [A. Dutta, S. 134] 174
16 OLG Köln 13.05.2009 6 U 217/08
17 LG Aachen 31.10.2008 42 O 40/08
18 OLG Düsseldorf 18.12.2009 I-17 U 152/08 Internationale Zuständigkeit bei gesellschaftsrechtlichen Ansprüchen aus Geschäftsführerhaftung gemäß § 64 Abs. 2 Satz 1 GmbHG a.F./ § 64 Satz 1 GmbHG n.F. [H. Wais, S. 138] 176
19 OLG Karlsruhe 22.12.2009 13 U 102/09
20 BGH 13.10.2009 X ZR 79/06 Die Auswirkungen der Eröffnung eines Verfahrens nach Chapter 11 U.S. Bankruptcy Code auf im Inland anhängige Prozesse [M. Brinkmann, S. 143] 181
21 OLG Köln 15.098.2008 16 W 6/08 Teilaussetzung des Verfahrens zur Vollstreckbarerklärung einer griechischen „konservativen Beschlagnahme” von Vermögen [J. Pirrung, S. 149] 184
22 OLG Celle 07.01.2010 6 U 60/09 Windscheids Anspruchsbegriff im Strudel der Insolvenzrechtsarbitrage [M.-P. Weller, S. 150] 186
23 BGH 12.08.2009 XII ZB 12/05 Wann ist ein „Clean Break” unterhaltsrechtlich zu qualifizieren? [B. Heiderhoff, S. 156] 187
24 EuGH 23.12.2009 Rs. C-403/09 Kindschaftsrechtliche Spannungsverhältnisse im Rahmen der PPU ‑EuEheVO – die Entscheidung des EuGH in Sachen Detiček [U. Janzen/V. Gärtner, S. 158] 190
25 Oberstes Russisches Wirtschaftsgericht 07.12.2009 VAS 13688/09 Zur Verbürgung der Gegenseitigkeit zwischen der Russischen Föderation und Deutschland [S. Kopylov, S. 195] 194

Blick in das Ausland

S. Kopylov
Zur Verbürgung der Gegenseitigkeit zwischen der Russischen Föderation und Deutschland (Oberstes Wirtschaftsgericht der Russischen Föderation, S. 194) 195

In German-Russian legal relations, there is a considerable need for certainty relating to the enforcement (exequatur) of Russian decisions in Germany and vice versa. On this issue, the supreme Russian commercial court (arbitration court) adopted a position in a ruling dated 07/12/2009 and declared a Dutch judgement enforceable. The decision is a further step towards establishing a practice of recognition and enforcement of European decisions in Russia and thus towards guaranteeing reciprocity also with Germany. In the commercial courts' now also recognising British and Dutch court rulings – in addition to the already existing treaties under international law concluded with numerous EU Member States on the recognition and enforcement of court decision – they have created a mutual legal platform, also facilitating “in the triangle” recognition. In the interim, the French courts have issued exequatur for Russian decisions in civil matters.


E. Jayme
Internationales Erbrecht und lusophone Rechte – Tagung der Deutsch-Lusitanischen Juristenvereinigung in Osnabrück 198


T. Xue/G. Zou
Gesetz der Volksrepublik China über die Rechtsanwendung auf Zivilbeziehungen mit Auslandsberührung 199
W. Long
Act of the People’s Republic of China on Application of Law in Civil Relations with Foreign Contacts 203
Deutscher Mustervertrag über die Förderung und den gegenseitigen Schutz von Kapitalanlagen von 2009 (deutsch und englisch) 214

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