Judge Per Christiansen re-appointed for a second six-year term of office
By decision of 13 January 2017, the Governments of the EFTA States party to the EEA Agreement – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – have re-appointed the Norwegian Judge of the Court, Per Christiansen, for a period of six years with effect from 17 January 2017. At the same time, the Governments have repealed their decision of 1 December 2016 to limit Judge Christiansen’s term of office to three years. On 4 December 2016, seven Norwegian academics had lodged complaints with the EFTA Surveillance Authority against this decision, claiming that it violated the Agreement Between the EFTA States on the Establishment of a Surveillance Authority and a Court of Justice (SCA). Moreover, the Liechtenstein Court of Appeal had on 20 December 2016 referred the question to the EFTA Court whether it would still be lawfully composed after 16 January 2017.
Article 30 SCA states, in relevant part:
“(1)The Judges shall be chosen from persons whose independence is beyond doubt and who possess the qualifications required for appointment to the highest judicial offices in their respective countries or who are jurisconsults of recognized competence. They shall be appointed by common accord of the Governments of the EFTA States for a term of six years. (2) Retiring Judges shall be eligible for reappointment.”
Press Release 13/16 - Case E-6/16 - Fjarskipti hf. v Póst- og fjarskiptastofnun
Judgment in Case E-6/16 - Fjarskipti hf. v Póst- og fjarskiptastofnun
Press Release 12/16 - Case E-3/16 - Ski Taxi SA, Follo Taxi SA og Ski Follo Taxidrift AS v Staten v/Konkurransetilsynet
Judgment in Case E-3/16 - Ski Taxi SA, Follo Taxi SA og Ski Follo Taxidrift AS v Staten v/Konkurransetilsynet
Press Release 11/16 - Case E-1/16 - Synnøve Finden AS v Staten v/Landbruks- og matdepartmentet
Judgment in Case E-1/16 - Synnøve Finden AS v Staten v/Landbruks- og matdepartmentet
Press Release 10/16 - Pre-announcement - Delivery of the Judgment in Case E-3/16 - Ski Taxi SA, Follo Taxi SA og Ski Follo Taxidrift AS v Staten v/Konkurransetilsynet
Lunchtime talk with Judge Robert Spano
On 7 December 2016, Judge Robert Spano of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg gave a lunchtime talk entitled ‘The EFTA Court and Human Rights – More Strasbourg friendly than the CJEU?’. In his magisterial lecture, Judge Spano underlined the challenging nature of navigating through the multiple levels of human rights norms and emphasized the importance of the Court’s judgments concerning fundamental rights. His talk was followed by an insightful discussion.
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.