Lunchtime talk with Dr Allan F. Tatham
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.
Press Release 13/17 - President of the EFTA Court announces his resignation
Press Release 12/17 - Joined Cases E-2/17 and E-3/17 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland
Judgment in Joined Cases E-2/17 and E-3/17 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland
Judgment in Joined Cases E-2/17 and E-3/17 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland, delivered in open Court on 14 November 2017.
Judgment in Case E-16/16 - Fosen-Linjen AS v AtB AS
Judgment in Case E-21/16 - Pascal Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG
Order of the Court in Case E-7/12 COSTS - DB Schenker v EFTA Surveillance Authority
Order of the Court in Case E-7/12 COSTS - DB Schenker v EFTA Surveillance Authority, delivered on 11 October 2017.
Order of the Court in Case E-14/11 COSTS - DB Schenker v EFTA Surveillance Authority
Order of the Court in Case E-14/11 COSTS - DB Schenker v EFTA Surveillance Authority, delivered on 11 October 2017.
Visit of Sir Keir Starmer QC MP
On Friday 22nd September 2017, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, the United Kingdom’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, paid a visit to the Court. Sir Keir was welcomed to the Court by President Carl Baudenbacher. Sir Keir and his staff subsequently took part in discussions with President Baudenbacher, Judge Per Christiansen, Judge Páll Hreinsson, and Registrar Gunnar Selvik.
Lunchtime talk with Judge François Paychère
On 20 September 2017, Dr. François Paychère, Judge at the Court of Auditors, Geneva, gave a lunchtime talk entitled, “Is there still a judge in the courtroom (or when artificial intelligence meets the judge)?” In his insightful and thought-provoking exposé, based in part on his experiences at the Council of Europe where he was the president of the working-group on the quality of justice, Judge Paychère discussed the relationship between digitalization and the justice system. Judge Paychère emphasised the ability of modern technology to store and interpret ever-greater caches of legal, personal and factual data, which may lead eventually to “predictive justice”. However, he stressed that this may lead to a paradigm shift both in terms of access to, and the role of, justice, requiring further consideration as to the role of the state and private enterprise in this emerging field. His talk was followed by an enthusiastic discussion.