Disgorgement of Profits

Gain-Based Remedies throughout the World

  • Ewoud Hondius
  • André Janssen

Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Original Questionnaire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ewoud Hondius, André Janssen
      Pages 3-10
  3. Common Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Niamh Connolly
      Pages 71-86
  4. French Legal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Paolo Pardolesi
      Pages 139-169
    3. Adriana Almășan, Cristina Zamșa
      Pages 187-198
    4. Carlos Gomez Ligüerre
      Pages 199-206
  5. German Legal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Maximilian Brunner, Stefan Perner
      Pages 209-218
    3. Tobias Helms
      Pages 219-230
    4. Eleni Zervogianni
      Pages 231-252
  6. Nordic Legal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Erik Monsen
      Pages 269-277
  7. Mixed Legal Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Lionel Smith, Jeff Berryman
      Pages 281-297
    3. Talia Einhorn
      Pages 299-324
    4. Martin A. Hogg
      Pages 325-344
    5. Jacques du Plessis, Daniel Visser
      Pages 345-367
  8. Central and Eastern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Ana Keglević
      Pages 371-392
    3. Damjan Možina
      Pages 393-404
  9. East Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Xiang Gao, Chengwei Liu
      Pages 407-428
    3. Yoshihisa Nomi
      Pages 429-442
  10. Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Aline de Miranda Valverde Terra
      Pages 445-458
    3. Rodrigo Momberg
      Pages 459-467
  11. General Report

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. Ewoud Hondius, André Janssen
      Pages 471-507

About this book


Disgorgement of profits is not exactly a household word in private law. Particularly in civil law jurisdictions – as opposed to those of the common law – the notion is not well known. What does it stand for? It is best illustrated by examples. One of the best known being the British case of Blake v Attorney General, [2001] 1 AC 268. In which a double spy had been imprisoned by the UK government before escaping and settling in the former Soviet Union. While there wrote a book on his experiences, upon which the UK government claimed the proceeds of the book. The House of Lords, as it then was, allowed the claim on the basis of Blake’s breach of his employment contract. Other examples are the infringement of intellectual property rights, where the damages of the owner are limited, but the profits of the wrongdoer immense. In such cases, the question arises whether the infringing party should be disgorged of his profits.

This volume aims at establishing the notion of disgorgement of profits as a keyword in the discourse of private law. It does not purport to answer the question whether or not such damages should or should not be awarded. It does however aim to contribute to the discussion, the arguments in favour and against, and the organisation of the various actions.



Benevolent intervention British case of Blake v Attorney General, [2001] 1 AC 268 Civil law jurisdictions Convergence of jurisprudential and legislative models Convergence of theoretical models Discourse of private law Disgorgement damages Disgorgement of profits Infringement of intellectual property rights Perpetrators of the illegal conduct Restitution of profits illegitimately achieved Unjust enrichment

Editors and affiliations

  • Ewoud Hondius
    • 1
  • André Janssen
    • 2
  1. 1.Molengraaff Institute for Private LawUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht Medizinrecht, IPR und RechtsvergleichungUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-18758-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-18759-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-6881
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-689X
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