DELI Annual Lecture
The European Court of Justice: How cana court with 27 judges, 8 advocates general and 23 official languages work?
A lecture by Philippe Leger, former Advocate General. SUMMARY “After a cursory glance at the European Union, its system of law and its institutions, the lecture will stress two main points: 1) The Court of Justice acts both as a Constitutional court and as a Supreme Court. 2) There are three characteristics in the functioning of the Court of Justice which are particular to it: • twenty-seven judges, each from a different Member State which work in chambers. • eight Advocates General, an unfamiliar and innovative legal figure, acting with complete impartiality and independence, to assist the judges. • the Court takes up the challenge of working in twenty-three different official languages. By way of conclusion: some words about the future of the Court.”
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