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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

DELI Annual European Law Lecture 2007

28th November 2007, 17:30, Room 140, Elvet Riverside

"The European Court of Justice: How can a court with 27 judges, 8 advocates general and 23 official languages work?"
Mr Philip Léger, formerly Advocate General at the European Court of Justice.

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.”

Contact eleanor.spaventa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.