CADMAS 2013: A Conference on EU Law and Interpretation
CADMAS 2013 was a conference held on 6 July 2013 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The conference was part of the Academy of European Law's course on the Law of the European Union. The main speaker was Koen Lenaerts, Vice-President of the European Court of Justice, who delivered a distinguished lecture on \"To say what the law of the EU is: methods of interpretation and the European Court of Justice\".
The lecture explored the various methods and techniques that the Court of Justice uses to interpret EU law, such as textual, contextual, teleological, historical, comparative and systemic interpretation. It also discussed how the Court balances legal certainty and flexibility, and how it respects the diversity and autonomy of the Member States. The lecture also addressed some of the challenges that the Court faces in light of the Lisbon Treaty, such as the incorporation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the enhanced role of national courts.
The lecture was followed by a lively discussion with the participants, who included academics, practitioners, judges and students from different countries and backgrounds. The conference was a valuable opportunity to exchange views and insights on the role and function of the Court of Justice in shaping EU law and integration.
The full text of the lecture can be found in EUI Working Paper AEL 2013/09[^1^].
The conference was part of a series of events organized by the Academy of European Law, which is a joint centre of the European University Institute and the Council of Europe. The Academy offers high-level courses and seminars on various aspects of European law and human rights law, as well as research and publications. The Academy aims to foster dialogue and cooperation among legal scholars and practitioners in Europe and beyond.
CADMAS 2013 was one of the highlights of the Academy's activities in 2013, which also included courses on EU competition law, EU external relations law, EU migration law, EU environmental law and EU constitutional law. The Academy also hosted distinguished lectures by other prominent speakers, such as Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston, Judge Allan Rosas and Professor Joseph Weiler.
For more information on the Academy of European Law and its programmes, please visit its website: https://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/AcademyOfEuropeanLaw.
The European Court of Justice is the highest judicial authority of the European Union. It ensures that EU law is interpreted and applied uniformly and effectively in all the Member States. It also settles disputes between EU institutions, Member States, individuals and other parties. The Court consists of one judge from each Member State, assisted by eleven advocates general who provide independent legal opinions. The Court is based in Luxembourg and operates in all the official languages of the EU.
The Court of Justice plays a crucial role in the development and integration of EU law. It has established several key principles and doctrines that shape the nature and scope of EU law, such as direct effect, supremacy, preliminary rulings, proportionality, subsidiarity and fundamental rights. The Court has also contributed to the creation and expansion of the internal market, the protection of human rights, the promotion of citizenship and democracy, and the enhancement of the EU's external action.
The Court of Justice faces many challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. It has to deal with the increasing complexity and diversity of EU law, the growing number of cases and languages, the impact of new technologies and social changes, and the changing political and economic context of the EU. It also has to cooperate and interact with other courts and actors at the national, regional and international level. The Court strives to maintain its legitimacy, authority and effectiveness as the guardian of EU law. 061ffe29dd