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Date : 28/02/2022 | Time : 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm |

The Contribution of the Court of Justice of the European Union to European Integration – President of the Court, Professor Koen Lenaerts

Created in 1952 with the adoption of the Treaty of Paris, the Court of Justice will be seventy years old next year. During those seven decades, European integration has been the subject of both change and continuity. Change because the EU has moved on its internal market paradigm and now seeks to create and establish an area without internal frontiers where citizens may move freely and securely. Continuity because the EU has always been committed to respecting the ‘rules of the game’ as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Respect for the rule of law within the EU is precisely what has enabled the EU to overcome the challenges brought about by a changing world, whilst remaining faithful to the values of democracy and respect for fundamental rights that we Europeans all share and cherish.

In that regard, Professor Lenaerts will argue that if the next generation of Europeans is to explore new horizons for an ever-closer Union where citizens may continue to enjoy a sphere of individual liberty free from public interferences, integration through the rule of law is the only way forward.

Professor Lenaerts was elected President of the Court of Justice of the European Union 2015. Having been appointed judge at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities on 25th September 1989, the first day of this newly created court, he served on this Court for more than 14 years before being appointed judge at the Court of Justice in 2003. Professor Lenaerts was elected by his peers as President of Chamber for two successive mandates from 2006 to 2012 and then as Vice-President of the Court of Justice in 2012. After completing his law degree at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1977, he continued his studies as a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University obtaining a Master of Laws in 1978 and a Master in Public Administration in 1979.

 

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