Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice

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Publication Date 22/07/2014
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As EU judges prepare to rule on issues like the euro, Facebook and benefit tourism, Hugo Brady gives a political and legal analysis of the European Court of Justice. The report tackles the sensitive issue of whether the ECJ has imposed an undemocratic ‘government by judges’ on Europe, as well as its impact on immigration, foreign policy, criminal justice, social policy and human rights. The report finds that most of the time the Luxembourg-based Court is an enormous asset for national governments. The ECJ has helped to force open European markets, uphold the rule of law across borders and defend the rights of the individual on numerous occasions. Its judges have also proved a calming influence during the eurozone crisis.

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ESO Information Guide: Court of Justice of the European Union

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