C-266/16 - Western Sahara Campaign, preliminary ruling High Court of Justice (England & Wales), Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court) - United Kingdom

Luxemburg stad
© Liesbeth Weijs
date January 10, 2018 09:30
city Luxembourg, Luxembourg
room Zittingszaal III - Niveau 6
organisation Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) i

Hof van Justitie - Grote kamer

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Zittingszaal III - Niveau 6

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Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ)

The Court of Justice interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way in all EU countries, and settles legal disputes between national governments and EU institutions.

It can also, in certain circumstances, be used by individuals, companies or organisations to take action against an EU institution, if they feel it has somehow infringed their rights.

What does the CJEU do?

The Court gives rulings on cases brought before it. The most common types of case are:

  • interpreting the law (preliminary rulings) – national courts of EU countries are required to ensure EU law is properly applied, but courts in different countries might interpret it differently. If a national court is in doubt about the interpretation or validity of an EU law, it can ask the Court for clarification. The same mechanism can be used to determine whether a national law or practice is compatible with EU law.

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