Judge Hammermann speaks at the University of Innsbruck
On 4 and 5 April 2019, Judge Bernd Hammermann spoke at the University of Innsbruck at a conference entitled “25 Jahre Europäischer Wirtschaftsraum – Ein Integrationsszenarium auf dem Prüfstand,” marking the EEA Agreement’s 25th anniversary. Judge Hammermann provided a view from the EFTA Court on the panel on “Gerichte und Kontrolle”. The other speakers on this panel were Bente Angel-Hansen, President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Bußjäger, Judge of the Liechtenstein Constitutional Court and Professor at the University of Innsbruck. There were many other prominent speakers at the conference from both pillars of the EEA, as well as from Switzerland. These included, Ambassador Sabine Monauni, Liechtenstein Mission to the European Union, EFTA Secretary-General Henri Gétaz, Ambassador Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Tichy, Head of the Department for International Law of the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Andrea Entner-Koch, Director of the Liechtenstein EEA Coordination Unit. Judge Hammermann also attended a reception hosted by the Principality of Liechtenstein, where Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubertus Schumacher, President of the Liechtenstein Supreme Court, announced the establishment of a department for Liechtenstein law at the University of Innsbruck. During the conference, many of the EEA Agreement’s achievements were discussed. The insightful discussions provided an excellent overview of the current issues faced both in the EEA, and in Europe at large.
The Legal Day in Iceland
A delegation from the EFTA Court attended the Legal Day in Harpan Reykjavík on 29 March 2019, which is an annual conference organised by all the lawyers´ associations in Iceland and covers a great variety of topics. The President of the EFTA Court, Páll Hreinsson, held a talk on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and access to data. Sindri M. Stephensen, legal secretary at the EFTA Court, held a talk on the developments of Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Law with a focus on EEA Law. Both talks were followed by engaging discussion.
Lunchtime talk with Dr. Andrea Jelinek
On 26 March 2019, Dr. Andrea Jelinek, Director of the Austrian Data Protection Authority, gave a lunchtime talk entitled “The General Data Protection Regulation – a new mode of cooperation among European Data Protection Authorities”. In her talk, Dr. Jelinek gave an inside perspective on the current and ever evolving field of data protection. Her talk was followed by an engaging discussion.
Visit to the European Court of Human Rights
On 7 February 2019 Dr Páll Hreinsson, President of the EFTA Court, Dr Per Christiansen and Dr Bernd Hammermann, judges at the EFTA Court, and Ólafur Jóhannes Einarsson, Registrar of the EFTA Court, along with the six legal secretaries of the Court, visited the European Court of Human Rights. They were greeted by Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human Rights, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos and Angelika Nussberger Vice-Presidents of the European Court of Human Rights, Carlo Ranzoni, Arnfinn Bårdsen and Róbert Spanó judges at the European Court of Human Rights, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights. The Presidents, judges and registrars of both Courts spoke about current legal issues regarding human rights and EEA law, inter alia about the legal status of human rights in EEA law and the new Protocol 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights. The talk was followed by an engaging discussion.
Visit to the Icelandic Court of Appeals
On 25 January 2019 Dr Páll Hreinsson, President of the EFTA Court, and Ólafur Jóhannes Einarsson, Registrar of the EFTA Court, along with two legal secretaries, Ólafur Ísberg Hannesson and Sindri M. Stephensen, visited the Icelandic Court of Appeals (Landsréttur) which was established on 1 January 2018. They met with the 15 judges of the Court of Appeals and their legal secretaries. The Registrar gave a lecture on how and when national courts request advisory opinions from the EFTA Court. The President spoke about current legal issues with regard to the EEA Agreement and the Icelandic legal system. The talk was followed by an engaging discussion.
Lunchtime talk with Dr. Federico Fabbrini
On 3 December 2018, Dr. Federico Fabbrini, Full Professor of European Law at the School of Law & Government of Dublin City University (DCU), where he is also the founding director of the DCU Brexit Institute, gave a lunchtime talk entitled “Brexit, the Future of EU-UK Relations and the Future of Europe”. In his talk, Dr. Fabbrini initiated a discussion by offering historical perspective on Brexit. In light of that, he proceeded to discuss recent developments in the EU-UK negotiations, in particular the Withdrawal Agreement of 14th and 22nd of November 2018, alongside highlighting some remaining challenges, in particular regarding the Northern Irish border. Finally, Dr. Fabbrini reflected on the future of EU-UK Relations and the future of European integration. His talk was followed by an engaging discussion.
Press Release 08/18 - Case E-8/17 - Henrik Kristoffersen v the Norwegian Ski Federation, supported by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Judgment in Case E-8/17 - Henrik Kristoffersen v the Norwegian Ski Federation, supported by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Judgment in English and in Norwegian in Case E-8/17 - Henrik Kristoffersen v the Norwegian Ski Federation, supported by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, delivered in open Court on 16 November 2018.
Judicial Visit to the Principality of Liechtenstein
On 2 and 3 October, the Judges paid a visit to the Principality of Liechtenstein. During the visit, the Judges met with Prime Minister Adrian Hasler as well the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture Aurelia Frick. In addition, there was an exchange of views with the Presidents of the Liechtenstein national courts. The visit was complemented by a visit to an industrial company, to the National Museum as well as to the University of Liechtenstein.
Former EFTA Court President Carl Baudenbacher has been made Commander of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein with Star
On 11 September 2018, H.S.H. the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein received former EFTA Court President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Baudenbacher at Vaduz Castle on behalf of H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II. There, Hereditary Prince Alois bestowed him with the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit for his for his special services to the Land of Liechtenstein.