Seminar: Political Questions and the Court of Justice of the European Union – Jed Odermatt

Seminar details: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has found itself increasingly faced with issues that are ‘political’ in nature. How does the CJEU navigate these sensitive political issues?

2018.03.20 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

Date Wed 06 Jun
Time 12:15 13:00
Location Building 1410, Room 247, Department of Law, Aarhus University

The first part discusses the concept of political issues before international courts, and provides a typology of different types of political questions. The second part then examines how ‘political questions’ have been dealt with my some other international courts, and the various strategies of avoidance they have developed side-step issues that are likely to provoke resistance from states and other constituencies.  The final part focuses on recent CJEU judgments, in particular Case C‑266/16, Western Sahara Campaign UK and discusses the various avoidance strategies employed by the Court when dealing with issues that are ‘political’ in nature. 

About the speaker:

Jed Odermatt is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts). His research interests focus on public international law, the law of international organisations, and the interactions between the EU and the international legal order. His current research also examines the role of the EU as a global actor, and he is currently editing a Research Handbook on the European Union’s Engagement with International Organizations (with R.A. Wessel).

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