The EFTA Court fulfils the judicial function within the EFTA system, interpreting the Agreement on the European Economic Area with regard to the EFTA States party to the Agreement. At present those EFTA States are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway ...

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Thorgeir Örlygsson elected Chief Justice of Iceland


Professor Thorgeir Örlygsson has been elected President of the Supreme Court of Iceland. The new President of the Hæstiréttur Íslands was educated at the University of Iceland and at Harvard University. Thorgeir Örlygsson became a Professor of law at the University of Iceland in 1987 and became Dean of Law in 1994. Subsequently, he became Permanent Secretary in the Icelandic Ministry of Industry and Trade.  
Thorgeir Örlygsson served as a Judge of the Court from 2003 to 2011 before returning to Iceland as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Thorgeir Örlygsson will take up his office as President of the Supreme Court of Iceland from 1st January 2017. The Court congratulates its former member on his election and wishes him very well as he takes up his new office.

Lunchtime talk with Dr. Erhard Busek


On 16 November 2016, Dr. Erhard Busek, the Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria gave a talk on the Balkans and its importance for the security of Europe. In his illuminating talk, Dr Busek drew on his extensive knowledge and experience of the region to map the rich interplay between ancient and modern history, and current affairs in the Balkans. He then took a number of questions from the audience which included many distinguished guests. 

Judgment in Case E-4/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Norway


Judgment in Case E-4/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Norway, delivered in open Court on 16 November 2016.

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Court Diary

December 2016

January 2017

  1. 30th
    Case E-16/16 - Fosen-Linjen AS v AtB AS

    Deadline for written observations from Governments and relevant institutions (cf. Article 20 of the Statute): Monday, 30 January 2017.

Hearings & Sittings

December 2016