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14 octobre 2022

Congress kicks off with high-level debate on judicial sovereignty


Foto: Congress kicks off with high-level debate on judicial sovereignty.


The Academy of European Law (ERA) started its 30th Anniversary Congress on Thursday 13 October 2022 in Trier with personal messages from Jean-Claude Juncker, President of ERA’s Governing Board, Malu Dreyer, Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate (via video message), Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, and Marc van der Woude, President of the General Court of the European Union.

A new documentary film featuring eyewitnesses to the founding of ERA in 1992, including former Luxembourg Prime Minister and European Commission President Jacques Santer, was screened for the first time. The film can be viewed here:

The focus of the first afternoon was on judicial sovereignty. Renowned academics Iris Goldner Lang (Zagreb), Ulla Neergaard (Copenhagen) and Daniel Sarmiento (Madrid), discussed “the Janus of European sovereignty – what does it mean within and without?” The panel was chaired by Julia Laffranque, Judge at the Estonian Supreme Court. Goldner Lang stressed the concept of Europe as a ‘market economy catalyst’. Laffranque highlighted the importance in terminology of ‘strategic sovereignty’ versus ‘strategic autonomy’.

Thursday's keynote address by European Court of Justice President Koen Lenaerts on “The extension of the competences of the Union through the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice: myth or reality?” was followed by a discussion on the question of whether national and European sovereignty in the EU are in an irresolvable conflict. The panelists were current or former judges at national constitutional courts: Irēna Kucina, Vice-President of the Latvian Constitutional Court (chair), Andreas L. Paulus, former Judge of the German Federal Constitutional Court, Elena-Simina Tănăsescu, Judge at the Romanian Constitutional Court, and Jiří Zemánek, Judge at the Czech Constitutional Court.

The congress continues on Friday 14 October 2022.

The full programme can be viewed here:

The congress takes place in English, French and German with simultaneous interpretation and can be viewed online.

To register as a journalist please contact Monika Hammerle (

The Academy of European Law (ERA) promotes the good practice of European law by providing training and a forum for debate to all legal professionals. It is a public foundation, created in 1992 at the initiative of the European Parliament.

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