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A More Literal and Predictable Approach for the Court of Justice of the EU?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has achieved very much since its inception. However, some have argued that it may be time for the Court to consider reforming its interpretative approach. For example, the CJEU has been criticised for being too ready to depart from the text of EU rules, and for unpredictability and lack of clarity in its decision-making.

This event considered whether the CJEU is in need of a new judicial approach for the 21st century which shows greater deference to the wording of EU law, and to the political process at EU and national level. It also examined the principle of subsidiarity and discussed whether the Court should give greater prominence to respect for national identity. The speakers offered short presentations aimed at facilitating a discussion likely to be of interest to legal practitioners, judges, academics, and non-lawyers with an interest in the role of the CJEU.

The event was convened by Justine Stefanelli, Maurice Wohl Associate Senior Research Fellow in European Law.


  • Marie Demetriou QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Ben Ray, Cabinet Office European Law Group
  • Judge Siniša Rodin, Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Professor Derrick Wyatt QC, University of Oxford and Brick Court Chambers

Opening Remarks

  • Graham Child, Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford


The Rt Hon Lord Mance, Supreme Court

Speaker Papers

Promotional Materials

CPD Accreditation

This event is accredited with 2 CPD hours.

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