Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Discussion Group: The European Court of Justice and the Influence of International Organizations

Dr. Christina Eckes

01Nov2011 12:15 - 13:15


Dr. Christina Eckes

Over many years the EU has developed its own state-like foreign policy – newly labelled ‘external action’. One important dimension of the EU’s state-like international appearance consists of membership in international organizations and signing of multilateral conventions. The most prominent example of full EU membership in an international organization is the WTO. Here, the EU's role is largely uncontested. It has virtually replaced the member states. This will not be and cannot be the situation after the planned accession of the EU to the ECHR. The latter example raises complex questions of EU constitutional law and promises to remain more problematic than WTO membership even after all the technicalities have been agreed.

The questions addressed in this work-in-progress presentation are: How do international organizations or bodies set up under international conventions impact normatively on the EU legal order? How do the EU Courts deal with this normative impact? How should the EU Courts receive rulings of the ECtHR? Why does the Court of Justice show so much concern for the autonomy of the European legal order?


Christina Eckes is Assistant Professor in European law at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Her research interests are the External Relations of the European Union, the relationship between international and EU law, and EU constitutional law.

Venue and registration

Time and Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 13.15 - 14.15
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 2.12

Everybody is warmly invited to join. However, participants are expected to have read the paper in order to to be able to fully engage in the discussion.

If you wish to attend, please sign up to request the paper. It will be made available a few days before the meeting.

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