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Current Challenges Facing the EU Court of Justice

Author(s): Vesna Pirija
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, EU-Legislation
Published by: Direkcija za evropske integracije Vijeća ministara Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: Court of Justice of the EU; Efficiency; Right to a trial within a reasonable time; Human rights; European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;European Court of Human Rights

Summary/Abstract: Court of Justice of the European Union was the key factor in interpretation of the Founding Treaties and the Amending Treaties, constituting the fundamental doctrines and principles of EU law. As the competencies of the EU deepened, the Court's structure and role changed, as well as the procedures before the three court instances. From this perspective, it is obvious that the issue of working efficiency of ECJ is becoming more and more important. This is due to a constantly growing number of incoming cases, but also to the backlog of cases before all three court instances. Besides that, new case law contains numerous examples in which appellants cite that their right to a trial within a reasonable time has been breached. That is why legal theory is considering further changes in the Court's structure and its proceedings. In addition, over the last few years the Court has been on the turning point of its jurisdiction regarding protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Lisbon Treaty finally formalized this jurisdiction and also prescribed accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. As in the first half of 2013 the Draft agreement on accession was finalized, the upcoming period will be very interesting regarding the relationship between the ECJ and European Court of Human Rights. However, even now there are several very important court decisions regarding this issue that provide insight into current standpoints of the two courts. This article deals exactly with the above mentioned current challenges in the work of ECJ.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 81-92
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bosnian