Judgment of the Court (First Chamber), 15 March 2012

G v Cornelius de Visser

Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Landgericht Regensburg

Jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters — Public notification of legal documents — Lack of known domicile or place of abode of the defendant in the territory of a Member State — Jurisdiction ‘in matters relating to tort, delict or quasi-delict’ — Infringement of the right to protection of personality liable to have been committed by the publication of photographs on the Internet — Place where the harmful event occurred or may occur

Case C-292/10


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
20/04/2012 G
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2012:142
15/03/2012 G
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2012:142
15/03/2012 G
Application (OJ)
18/12/2010 G
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.01 Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments – Civil and commercial matters
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.01 Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments – Civil and commercial matters
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.03 Service
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.01 Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments – Civil and commercial matters
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.02 European Enforcement Order
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.11 Information and communication technologies
      4.11.11.02 Information society


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 47 : paragraphs 1, 48
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 47 -L2 : paragraphs 33, 58
  • TEU, Article 6 : paragraph 1
  • TEU, Article 6 -P1L1 : paragraph 33
  • TEU, Article 9 : paragraphs 33, 37 - 42
  • Directive 2000/31 -A01P1 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 2000/31 -A01P4 : paragraph 5
  • Directive 2000/31 -A03 : paragraph 70
  • Directive 2000/31 -A03P1 : paragraphs 1, 6, 33, 69 - 72
  • Directive 2000/31 -A03P2 : paragraphs 1, 7, 33, 69 - 72
  • Directive 2000/31 -C23 : paragraph 3
  • Regulation 44/2001 : paragraphs 33, 39, 44 - 47
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A02 : paragraph 9
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A03P1 : paragraph 10
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A04 : paragraph 11
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A04P1 : paragraphs 1, 33, 37 - 42
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A05PT3 : paragraphs 1, 12, 33, 37 - 42
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A26 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A26P2 : paragraphs 1, 33, 43 - 59
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A26P3 : paragraph 52
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A26P4 : paragraph 52
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A34PT2 : paragraphs 14, 57, 66
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A59 : paragraph 15
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C2 : paragraph 8
  • Regulation 805/2004 : paragraphs 33 - 68
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A01 : paragraph 16
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A03P1LB : paragraph 62
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A05 : paragraph 17
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A12 : paragraph 1
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A12P1 : paragraph 18
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A14P1 : paragraph 19
  • Regulation 805/2004 -A14P2 : paragraphs 19, 63
  • Regulation 805/2004 -C10 : paragraph 65
  • Regulation 805/2004 -C6 : paragraph 62
  • Regulation 1393/2007 -A01P2 : paragraphs 20, 53
  • Regulation 1393/2007 -A19 : paragraphs 21, 54
  • Brussels Convention 1968 : paragraph 44
  • Lugano Convention 1988 : paragraph 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -125/79 : paragraph 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -68/93 : paragraph 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -522/03 : paragraph 53
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -394/07 : paragraphs 47, 49
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -341/08 : paragraph 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -509/09 : paragraphs 34, 70, 71
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -327/10 : paragraphs 39, 40, 44, 50, 55 - 57

Operative part

  • Interprets : Regulation 805/2004
  • Interprets : Directive 2000/31 -A03P1
  • Interprets : Directive 2000/31 -A03P2

Opinion

Information not available


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 11/06/2010

Date of the Opinion

Information not available

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

15/03/2012


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 346 from 18.12.2010, p.23

Judgment: OJ C 133 from 05.05.2012, p.5

Name of the parties

G

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Action contre le propriétaire d’un site Internet dont l’adresse est inconnue, Europe 2012 Avril Comm. nº 4 p.35 (FR)
  2. Magrone, Emilia Maria: Competenza: applicabili le regole dell'Unione anche se è incerto il domicilio del convenuto, Guida al diritto 2012 nº 20 p.98-100 (IT)
  3. Polak, M.V.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2012 nº 286 (NL)
  4. Bach, Ivo: Zivilverfahrensrecht: Beklagter mit unbekanntem Wohnsitz - Internationale Zuständigkeit, fiktive Zustellung und Vollstreckung eines Versäumnisurteils, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2012 p.381-387 (DE)
  5. Cuniberti, Gilles: Arrêt "G. c. de Visser": influence de l'absence de domicile connu sur l'application du droit de l'Union, Journal de droit européen 2012 nº 190 p.187-188 (FR)
  6. Quéguiner, Jean-Sébastien: L'applicabilité du règlement Bruxelles I et les garanties procédurales fondamentales, Revue Lamy droit des affaires 2012 nº 74 p.63-67 (FR)
  7. Turatto, Silvia: Giurisdizione nei confronti del convenuto dal domicilio ignoto e tutela del diritto di difesa nell'ambito dei Reg. 44/2001 e 805/2004, Int'l Lis 2012 p.178-185 (IT)
  8. Brodier, Hélène: L'Europe des libertés: revue d'actualité juridique 2012 nº 38 p.63 (FR)
  9. Cordero Álvarez, Clara Isabel: [Competencia judicial internacional] - Lugar donde se hubiere producido o pudiere producirse el hecho dañoso por lesión de los derechos de la personalidad por la publicación de fotografías en internet – Tribunal de Justicia, Sala Primera, Sentencia de 15 de marzo de 2012. Asunto C-292/10 [G / Cornelius de Visser], Anuario español de derecho internacional privado 2012 Tomo XII p.812-817 (ES)
  10. Bandakov, Nikolay: Otnosno vazmozhnostite za angazhirane na otgovornostta na sobstvenitsi na uebsaytove s neizvestno mestozhiveene pri narusheniya na pravata na lichnostta v internet, Европейски правен преглед 2012 P.165-207 (BG)
  11. Borrás, Alegría: Jurisprudencia del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea - Sentencia de 15 de marzo de 2012, Asunto C-292/10, G. c. Cornelius de Visser, Revista Jurídica de Catalunya 2012 nº 3 p.247-253 (ES)
  12. Cordero Álvarez, Clara Isabel: Competencia judicial internacional - Sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea, de 15 de marzo de 2012, C-292/10, G c. Cornelius de Visser, Revista española de Derecho Internacional 2012 nº 2 p.221-224 (ES)
  13. Coslin, Christelle ; Blondet, Pauline: Récents éclairages sur la compétence des tribunaux en matière de délits prétendument commis sur internet, Droit de l'immatériel : informatique, médias, communication 2013 nº 90 p.33-35 (FR)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Landgericht Regensburg - Germany

Subject-matter

  • area of freedom, security and justice
  • - Judicial cooperation in civil matters
  • Principles, objectives and tasks of the Treaties
  • Freedom of establishment
  • Freedom to provide services
  • Approximation of laws
  • Consumer protection

Provisions of national law referred to

Zivilprozessordnung (ZPO), Paragraphen 185 - 188, 331

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

première chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Safjan

Advocate General

Cruz Villalón

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

    Information not available