Mahamdia v People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria – WLR Daily

Mahamdia v People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria: (Case C-154/11);  [2012] WLR (D)  218

“An embassy situated in a member state of the European Union was an ‘establishment’ within the meaning of article 18(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001, in the context of a dispute concerning a contract of employment concluded by the embassy on behalf of the sending state, where the functions carried out by the employee did not fall within the exercise of public powers. Article 21(2) of the Regulation meant that an agreement on jurisdiction, concluded before a dispute arose, fell within that provision in so far as it gave the employee the possibility of bringing proceedings not only before the courts ordinarily having jurisdiction under the special rules in articles 18 and 19 of the Regulation, but also before other courts, which could include courts outside the European Union.”

WLR Daily, 19th July 2012