Effective Judicial Protection in European Union Law

Venue: Paris

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: Feb 15, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 16, 2010
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The European Court of Justice has in the past 45 years developed several doctrines that aim at effective protection of rights under European Union law and uniform and effective application of European law at national level. As partners in integration, it is the national courts’ task to apply, interpret and give effect to EU doctrines such as direct effect, consistent interpretation, national procedural autonomy, the principle of effective judicial protection and state liability. It is therefore fundamental that national judges correctly understand the principles, their scope and what precise obligations flow from European law concepts.

This seminar will discuss the role of the national judge in ensuring effectiveness of European law and the challenges s/he faces. It aims, on the one hand, at analysing those concepts with a view to understanding their concrete implications for the national judge, and, on the other, at discussing how European law is applied and enforced by national courts. The seminar is intended to be a forum where national judges can exchange experiences and meet with European law experts in the field.