ERA25: The authority of EU law — do we still believe in it? Congress Programme

The authority of EU law — do we still believe in it?

Congress Programme


TRIER, THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2017

Plenary session
Languages: English, French and German (with simultaneous interpretation)

14:00 Opening ceremony — Introductory speeches — Musical entertainment

Chair: Josef Azizi, former Judge at the General Court of the EU, Vienna

14:45 Inaugural lecture

What is the “authority” of the law? Compliance and acceptance as preconditions or as constitutive elements?
Joseph H.H. Weiler, Professor at the New York University School of Law

PART 1
Law-making and the role of courts

15:30 Panel discussion

The impact of legislation on the authority of EU law

  • Karen Banks, Deputy Director-General at the Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels
  • Giorgio Maganza, former Director at the Legal Service of the Council of the EU, Brussels
  • Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute (ELI); former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Vienna

Chair: Lord Tyre, Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, Edinburgh

17:00 Panel discussion

The authority of EU law — a view from Constitutional and Supreme Courts

  • Lars Hjortnæs, Judge at the Danish Supreme Court, Copenhagen
  • Christine Langenfeld, Judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe
  • Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice-President of the French Conseil d’Etat, Paris
  • Vassilios Skouris, former President of the Court of Justice of the EU, Thessaloniki
  • Lord Thomas, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, London (confirmation subject to reservation)

19:30Reception

 


TRIER, FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2017

PART 2
Current challenges regarding compliance with and enforcement of EU law:
the authority of EU law at risk

Parallel working sessions: Topic A, Topic B, Topic C

Topic A:
Remaining and new obstacles to the single market rules — does the economic crisis justify a weakening of the authority of EU law?
Language: English

Chair: Marc van der Woude, Vice-President of the General Court of the EU, Luxembourg

9:00 Keynote address:

Reliance and enforcement of EU law — a necessity for citizens and businesses
Hans-Jürgen Hellwig, Partner at Hengeler Mueller, former President of the CCBE, Frankfurt am Main

10:30 Panel discussion on challenges to the single market 

  • Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Single Market Policy, Regulation and Implementation, DG GROWTH, European Commission, Brussels
  • Luis Ortiz Blanco, Partner at Garrigues, Madrid
  • Imola Streho, Affiliate Professor at Sciences Po Law School, Paris
  • Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce, Brussels
Topic B:
Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as an illustration of “the incomplete Union”: the authority of EU law stuck half-way between supranational and national sovereignty
Languages: English and German (with simultaneous interpretation)

Chair: Peter-Christian Müller-Graff, Professor at the University of Heidelberg

9:00 Keynote address:

Completing vs. rethinking the EMU?
Federico Fabbrini, Professor at Dublin City University

10:30 Panel discussion on the need to complete the EMU

  • Gerolf Annemans, Member of the European Parliament, Brussels
  • Pierre-Henri Conac, Professor at the University of Luxembourg
  • Joanne Kellermann, Director of Resolution Planning and Decisions, Single Resolution Board, Brussels
  • Jürgen Stark, former Member of the Executive Board and Governing Council of the European Central Bank, Kelkheim
  • Antoine Vauchez, Research Professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Topic C:
Current threats to the rule of law in the EU — the foundation on which the authority of EU law rests
 Languages: English and French (with simultaneous interpretation)

Chair: Yves Kreins, First President of the Belgian Council of State, Brussels

9:00 Keynote address:

Article 7 TEU and the Rule of Law mechanism  — a dissuasive weapon or a paper tiger?
Inger Österdahl, Professor at the University of Uppsala

10:30 Panel discussion on the rule of law crisis in the EU and beyond

  • Bojan Bugarič, Professor at the University of Ljubljana
  • Emmanuel Crabit, Head of Unit, Justice Policy and Rule of Law, DG JUST, European Commission, Brussels
  • Sophie in ՚t Veld, Member of the European Parliament, Brussels
  • Pauliine Koskelo, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
  • Maria José Rangel de Mesquita, Judge at the Portuguese Constitutional Court, Lisbon
Back to plenary Session
 Languages: English, French and German (with simultaneous interpretation)

PART 3
The crisis of the European project undermining the authority of EU law — the EU in search of legitimacy

Chair: Wolfgang Heusel, Director of ERA

14:00Keynote address:

Brexit — symptom of the EU’s legitimacy crisis or just a British problem?
Paul P. Craig, Professor at the University of Oxford

Panel discussion

  • Orsolya Görgényi, Immediate Past President of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), Budapest
  • Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Brussels

17:00 Closing lecture

The Court of Justice of the European Union as the guardian of the authority of EU law — a networking exercise?
Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the EU, Luxembourg

19:00Gala Dinner

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