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European Courts and their Legal Culture


November 14, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 185

The Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights reflect the diversity of their constituent nation states. Judges in both courts hail from all over Europe, ranging from monarchies, century-old republics, to newly established democracies, and represent a variety of legal families. Individual judges bring their own vocational experiences, and only a few share the same mother tongue.  

Despite these differences, both courts have established its own distinct legal culture that is different to the national legal cultures of the member states. Judges, once on board these supranational benches, are absorbed into that legal culture.   

If we go a step further and recall that EU Commission President Barroso spoke of a 'European Human Rights Culture', do we find this distinct culture at these courts?

Speaker: Nina-Louisa Lorenz, JSD Stanford Law School