Politically sensitive proceedings are increasingly becoming the general rule in European case law. Recent examples like the infringement procedures launched against Poland’s judicial reform and on forced retirement of Hungarian judges are proof of this. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is increasingly assuming the role of guardian of the rule of law and is thus becoming the focus of public attention.

While the ECJ cannot force Member States to comply with the rule of law – this is up to the respective civil societies –, it is the responsibility of the ECJ to tighten the boundaries of law enforcement. Proceedings such as those seen recently are an important instrument of the European Commission for ensuring the rule of law in the Member States. In this context, the court must find a difficult balance between upholding the constitutional order as well as the identity of each Member State, and protecting the canon of values of the community of states. How can this balance between preserving the European set of values and respecting national constitutions and legislative traditions be maintained? What is the scope of the ECJ’s competencies and in which regard is it overstepping its responsibilities?

In a lecture organised as part of the MannheimTaxation Science Campus at ZEW, Professor Juliane Kokott, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, will talk about “The European Court of Justice as Guardian of the Rule of Law and Human Rights”. Particular focus will be placed on the challenges facing the ECJ.

We would like to thank the ZEW Sponsors’ Association for Science and Practice for supporting the lecture series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.

Speaker

Juliane Kokott

Prof. Dr. Juliane Kokott

Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union

Additional Information

Participation is by invitation only. For further information, please contact event@zew.de.

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The European Court of Justice as Guardian of the Rule of Law and Human Rights

Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
ECJ Advocate General Professor Juliane Kokott during her lecture at ZEW in front of some 130 guests. © Erich Dichiser ...
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach in discussion with Juliane Kokott. © Erich Dichiser EDM
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
As Advocate General, Juliane Kokott acts as public rapporteur within the EU judiciary. © Erich Dichiser EDM
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
ZEW President Achim Wambach moderating the Q&A session between the guest speaker and the audience. © Erich Dichiser ...
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
Juliane Kokott illustrates the intricacies and pitfalls of the case law of the EU’s supreme judicial body. © Erich ...
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
ZEW’s function room was packed for the “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy” event. © Erich Dichiser EDM
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
Dr. Georg Müller, CEO of MVV Energie AG and chairman of the ZEW Sponsors’ Association, taking part in the debate. © ...
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
Former ZEW President Professor Wolfgang Franz (second from left) next to ZEW Director Thomas Kohl (third from left) ...
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
Legal expert Professor Thomas Fetzer (far right) and business economist Professor Christoph Spengel (third from right), ...
Advocate General Juliane Kokott spoke at ZEW about the new challenges facing the ECJ
Attorney Dr. Thomas Wirth participates in the Q&A session. © Erich Dichiser EDM

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Location

Date

17.10.2019 | 18:00 - 20:00

Event Location

ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

L 7, 1 68161 Mannheim

Contact

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