Seminar from 5-7pm at the European Parliament Information Office, Edinburgh
The first Axiom EU seminar of 2015 will offer a guide to taking a case to the Courts of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg. Axiom is delighted to welcome as its guest speakers for this event Catherine Stihler MEP, vice chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee at the European Parliament, and Alan Baillie, referendaire to Advocate-General Sharpston at the CJEU.
The seminar will consider the benefits of both direct and indirect EU actions, with Lesley Irvine presenting a primer for the more familiar preliminary reference procedure under Article 267 TFEU, and Peter Sellar discussing first instance, direct actions for annulment – essentially judicial review of regulations and decisions. Both of these types of actions are an under-utilised litigation resource in Scotland, and yet direct actions in particular have the potential to deliver huge returns for clients seeking to challenge EU measures which directly affect their interests. This seminar aims to show you why you should be adding article 263 TFEU, as well as 267 TFEU, to your litigation lexicon. The seminar will conclude with the Dean of Faculty, James Wolffe QC, sharing his thoughts on his recent appearance before the CJEU in Case C-335/13 Feakins v The Scottish Ministers, following the request for a preliminary ruling by the Scottish Land Court. Director of Axiom, Roddy Dunlop QC, will chair throughout.
In keeping with the constraints on submissions in the Grand Chamber, the floor time for speakers will be limited so that you can also enjoy the wine tasting courtesy of WoodWinters which will be taking place at the same time.
This event is open to practising solicitors, is free of charge, and is eligible for CPD. If you would like to attend please contact Erica Marmo:
Axiom is grateful to the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh for generously hosting this event, registration for which begins at 4.45pm.
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European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 8PJ