Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Recent Developments: Case T-18/10 Inuit Tapriit Kanatami and others v. European Parliament

Dr. Thomas Vandamme, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre of European Law and Governance

11Oct2011 13:15 - 14:15


Dr. Thomas Vandamme, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre of European Law and Governance

The present case is the first major opportunity for the European court to expand upon the widening of the locus standi for private plaintiffs to challenge (certain!) acts of general application. Already since the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, the European constitutional legislature has opened the action for annulment to challenge ‘regulatory acts which are of direct concern and that do not entail implementing measures’. Although it is reproduced in the present Article 263, fourth paragraph, in fine TFEU there was still debate amongst lawyers on what exactly comprises ‘regulatory acts not entailing implementing measures’.

In the present case, brought by a number of indigenous (Inuit) peoples organizations against an internal market regulation affecting the trade in their seal products, the General Court creates some clarity on the interrelationship of the concepts of ‘regulatory act’, ‘act of general application’, ‘legislative act’ and ‘delegated act’. In short: the case presents a valuable insight into the (modest?) consequences of the Lisbon Treaty’ for the legal protection of individuals before the European Judicature and will no doubt give rise to further discussion on the subject.


Dr. Thomas Vandamme is Assistant Professor of EU Law at the University of Amsterdam and researcher with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.

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Time and date: Tuesday, 11 October 2011 , 13.15 – 14.15
Venue: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam, E2.12

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