Recent Trends in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the EU – The Last Year in the Work of the Court

06/12/2018 - 07/12/2018
Location: Luxembourg (LU)
Project number: 1850201

Interpretation to French
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Recent Trends in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the EU – The Last Year in the Work of the Court

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This annual conference reviews and comments on a selected number of judicial decisions issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union during the past 12 months. These judicial decisions are significant in offering an interpretation on:

  • Certain first-time EU legal instruments
  • For giving new meaning to existing legal rules
  • On adapting or re-examining past jurisprudence.

This year, the program features a number of key decisions in the field of the Rule of Law (independence of national judiciaries), the configuration of the EU legal system (vertical effect of directives), EU citizenship and fundamental EU law principles (equality & non-discrimination) and the law governing the EU institutions (access to documents). It also presents an analysis of major recent judgements in a number of selected policy areas such as privacy and data protection, employment and social affairs (protection of workers in the gig economy), financial services (investment protection) and European civil service law. The program is completed with a discussion of Court’s most recent rulings in external relations (competence issues, application of external agreements) and in the various facets of the area of freedom of security and justice (returns directive, unaccompanied minors, extradition).

How will it help you?

By analysing a selection of key rulings from different areas of EU law, the conference will enable you to understand how a number of fundamental decisions rendered by the Court in the course of the preceding months may potentially impact the legal development of the EU. Beyond the specific details of each case, the conference will also strive to identify general legal trends as well as potential directions for the future evolution of the Court’s case law.

Who will benefit most?
  • Legal professionals within the public and private sectors
  • Officials of EU institutions and agencies
  • National civil servants and persons working on EU law issues
  • Judicial professionals
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Academics
  • Others who are interested in EU legal issues in general, and in the main rulings delivered by the European Courts in particular.

Gain an expert insight into the most recent law of the Court and keep abreast of the latest legal developments of the EU by joining our conference





Registration of participants




Welcome and mutual introduction
Peter Goldschmidt, Director
Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz, Chairman of the conference, Senior Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg






EU law principles


Horizontal direct effect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights

  • Vera Egenberger v Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung eV., Case C-414/16, 17 April 2018

Adam Łazowski, Professor of EU Law, Department of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Westminster




EU Charter of Fundamental Rights




Right to a fair trial (Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights), judicial independence and mutual trust

  • Associação Sindical dos Juízes Portugueses v Tribunal de Contas, Case C-64/16, 27 February 2018
  • Execution of European arrest warrants issued against LM, Case C-216/18 PPU, 25 July 2018

Jenö Czuczai, Legal Adviser, Legal Service of the Council of the European Union (currently seconded to the Cabinet/GIP), Brussels


Panel discussion on the mornings’ proceedings




Coffee break




Citizenship of the EU


Free movement of Same-Sex Spouses in the EU: the Coman case

  • Relu Adrian Coman, Robert Clabourn Hamilton, Asociaţia Accept v Inspectoratul General pentru Imigrări, Ministerul Afacerilor Interne, Case C-673/16, 5 June 2018

Alina Tryfonidou, Professor of Law,  University of Reading (UK)




Questions and answers










Access to documents


Access to documents of ongoing trilogues and its potential impact on the functioning of the legislative decision-making process

  • De Capitani v European Parliament, Case T-540/15, 22 March 2018

Edward Best, Head of Unit,  EU Governance, EIPA Maastricht




Questions and answers




EU civil service law


Review of landmark judgements rendered in the field of public administration over the last year
Julian Currall, Barrister, Alber & Geiger, Brussels, former Principal Legal Adviser – Legal Service and Director of the ECS Team, European Commission, Brussels




Questions and answers




Coffee break






Jurisdictional system of the EU


Breach of the right to have a case determined within a reasonable time: from a reduction of the fine to the awarding of damages?

  • European Union v Gascogne Sack Deutschland GmBHm Gascogne, Gascogne Sack Deutschland GmBH Gascogne v European Union and European Union v Kendrion, Joined Cases C-138/17 P, C-146/17 P and C-150/17 P (judgement expected this autumn)
  • European Union v ASPLA and Armando Álvarez and ASPLA and Armando Álvarez v European Union, Joined Cases C-174/17 P and C-222/17 P (judgement expected on 13 December)

Etienne Thomas, Legal Secretary, Chambers of Judge Ingrida Labucka, General Court of the European Union




Questions and answers




Competition law


A State Aid can be very costly indeed

  • European Commission v Hellenic Republic, Case C-93/17, 14 November 2018

Ludovic Bernardeau, Legal Secretary, Chambers of Judge Ingrida Labucka, General Court of the European Union, Senior Lecturer, Université Paris X




Questions and answers


Summary of the day’s proceedings and announcement of the programme of the following day




End of Day 1 followed by a welcome reception










Judicial cooperation in civil matters


Private divorces and Sharia law under the Rome III Regulation

  • Soha Sahyouni v Raja Mamisch, Case C-372/16, 20 December 2017

Roberta Ribeiro Oertel, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg




Asylum policy


Return of illegally staying third-country nationals: principle of non-refoulement, right to an effective remedy and authorisation to remain in a Member State

  • Sadikou Gnandi v Etat belge, Case C-181/16, 19 June 2018

Matthieu Chavrier, Legal Adviser, Legal Service of the Council of the European Union, Brussels




Plenary discussion on the mornings’ proceedings




Coffee break




Judicial cooperation in criminal matters


Recent case-law on extradition and the European arrest warrant: strengthening or undermining the mutual trust?

  • Romano Pisciotti v Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Case C-191/16, 10 April 2018
  • RO, Case C-327/18 PPU, 19 September 2018

Fernando Irurzun Montoro, Docteur in Law, Counsel, Clifford Chance, S.L.P., Madrid




Questions and answers










Environmental law


Innovations on the use of the infringement procedure in order to avoid serious and irreparable damage to the environment

  • European Commission v Republic of Poland, Case C-441/17, 17 April 2018

Igor Dizdarevic, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg




Questions and answers






International Agreements and Public International Law


Arbitration in investment: current trends and perspectives after the Achmea judgement

  • Slowak Republic v Achmea BV, Case C-284/16, 6 March 2017

Sophie Lemaire, Professor of Law, Université Paris-Dauphine




Questions and answers




External competence


Novelties in the recent case-law on the issue of the EU’s external competences

  • Federal Republic of Germany v Council of the European Union (OTIF), Case C-600/14, 5 December 2017

Marianne Dony, Jean Monnet Chair of European Union law, Ordinary Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles




Questions and answers




Summary of the proceedings of the second day




End of conference

Course venue
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
Chambre des Métiers Building
Circuit de la Foire Internationale, 2
1347 Luxembourg

Programme Organiser
Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi
Tel: +352 426 230 301

The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Early bird discount
For this training course EIPA offers an early bird discount of 50 euro. The early bird deadline is 25 October 2018.

We offer this course with French simultaneous interpretation, if at least six participants indicate their interest in advance. Please indicate your interest under ‘additional information’ when registering.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All rates are including breakfast and tourist tax. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the reservation code: EIPA, unless indicated otherwise.


City Centre


Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.). 


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