Afternoon talk with Judge Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union

May 20, 2016

On 18 May 2016, CEUR together with the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, held an afternoon talk with Judge Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union. President and Rector of the University, John Shattuck, introduced the event, identifying key- challenges facing Europe today and inquiring about the role of the Court in addressing them. President Lenaerts offered very insightful introductory remarks, based on his long experience in what has been often described as the most powerful court in the world. He commented on important recent decisions dealing with surveillance and privacy, free movement and the fight against terrorism, economic migration and benefit tourism, the fight against climate change, the economic crisis, the rule of law and human rights. He insisted that EU law is not a branch, but a source of law, fully integrated into national law, and stressed the important of having all legal traditions contributing to its development. Answering questions from the audience, he provided a unique insider's account into the complex dynamics of interactions between political and judicial actors at the EU and national levels. The afternoon ended with a small reception where the discussions between the President and the audience carried on.

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