Appointment of Members and of the President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority

2018, News

On 11 January 2018, during a Public Sitting of the EFTA Court, Ms Bente Angell-Hansen from Norway took the oath as the new President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Ms Angell-Hansen has had a long career in the Norwegian Foreign Service. Now, leaving the service and her position as Ambassador to Austria and Head of the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, she is succeeding Mr Sven Erik Svedman as President of ESA as of 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2019.

On the same occasion, Mr Högni S. Kristjánsson from Iceland took the oath. Mr Kristjánsson succeeds Ms Helga Jónsdóttir from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2021. He previously held the position of Permanent Representative to the United Nations, EFTA and WTO in Geneva.

College Members of the EFTA Surveillance Authority are appointed by common accord of the Governments of the three EFTA States parties to the EEA Agreement.

 

 

Press Release 01/18 - Páll Hreinsson elected President of the EFTA Court

2018, 2018

English

Order of the Court in Case E-1/17 - Konkurrenten.no AS v EFTA Surveillance Authority

2017

Order of the Court in Case E-1/17 - Konkurrenten.no AS v EFTA Surveillance Authority, delivered on 22 December 2017.

Press Release 16/17 - Case E-5/17 - Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v The Icelandic Patent Office (Einkaleyfastofan)

2017, 2017

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German
Icelandic
Norwegian

Judgment in Case E-5/17 - Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v The Icelandic Patent Office (Einkaleyfastofan)

2017

Judgment in English and Icelandic in Case E-5/17 - Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v The Icelandic Patent Office (Einkaleyfastofan), delivered in open Court on 21 December 2017.

Press Release 15/17 - Case E-19/16 - Torbjørn Selstad Thue and the Norwegian Police Federation v the Norwegian Government, represented by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security

2017, 2017

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German
Icelandic
Norwegian

Judgment in Case E-19/16 - Torbjørn Selstad Thue and the Norwegian Police Federation v the Norwegian Government, represented by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security

2017

Judgment in English and Norwegian in Case E-19/16 - Torbjørn Selstad Thue and the Norwegian Police Federation v the Norwegian Government, represented by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, delivered in open Court on 27 November 2017.

Judgment in Case E-12/16 - Marine Harvest ASA v EFTA Surveillance Authority

2017

Judgment in Case E-12/16 - Marine Harvest ASA v EFTA Surveillance Authority, delivered in open Court on 27 November 2017.

Lunchtime talk with Dr Allan F. Tatham

2017

On 15 November 2017, Dr Allan Tatham, Lecturer in EU Law, International Law and International Relations, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, gave a lunchtime talk entitled, “Without Fear or Favour’: Ensuring the independence and accountability of regional judiciaries.” In his insightful and captivating lecture, Dr Tatham considered the balance between ensuring the independence of courts and their accountability. In particular, he discussed how this balance could be achieved with respect to regional courts, given the political and economic pressures they often face. In doing so, Dr Tatham drew on the experiences of the Caribbean Court of Justice (“CCJ”), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) and the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (“ECOWAS Court”). In this context, he emphasised the role that non-political, quasi-judicial bodies, such as judicial councils, have in ensuring judicial independence and discipline. Dr Tatham further elaborated upon how the composition and role of such bodies can be affected by their surrounding legal and socio-economic environments. He concluded by noting that while quasi-judicial bodies play a crucial role, national executives are unlikely to completely relinquish their power over judicial appointments and discipline.  His talk was followed by an engaging discussion.

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