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The Court of Justice of the European Union and Public International Law: Strange Bedfellows?

Although European Union law was at first seen as a mere extension of public international law, it gradually acquired an autonomous and sui generis standing in international legal doctrine and practice. However, the relationship between the European Union (EU) and public international law remains intense and complex. In particular in the context of the Kadi case public international law occupied a central place in the reasoning of the EU courts. Nevertheless, important references to public international law took place before and also beyond the confines of this landmark case. On the basis of case law of the Court of Justice of the EU and additional insights from theory, this lecture will examine the interaction between the EU and public international law in more detail.

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Keynote Speaker
  • Judge Allan Rosas, Court of Justice of the European Union


  • Karim Khan QC, Temple Garden Chambers
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