The Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Neither reckless nor timid?

Event Name The Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Neither reckless nor timid?
Start Date 29th Sep 2014 4:00pm
End Date 29th Sep 2014 7:00pm
Duration 3 hours
Description

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The Europa Institute's 2013/2014 Annual Mitchell Lecture will be delivered on 29 September 2014 (4pm, Playfair Library) by Christopher Vajda QC, UK Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU. The lecture is entitled “The application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Neither reckless nor timid?”.

Since the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights has become binding with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 it has attracted considerable attention in legal circles.  The Charter brings with it a number of challenges.  First, it provides an extensive catalogue of rights and principles, some of which have not yet been fully defined.  Second, while the Charter is applicable to all action by the European Union’s own institutions, its applicability in the legal orders of the Member States is far from clear.  The Charter provides that it is addressed to the Member States ‘only when they are implementing Union law.’  Over the past five years the Court has started to flesh out in which situations the Charter can be invoked in a national court.  Its case law has been both lauded and criticised.  This lecture offers a reflection on the application of the Charter in the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

This event has been organised in partnership with the Scottish Public Law Group and the Faculty of Advocates.