The British Law Centre and the CEEMC present the
2014 APRIL 24TH
CEEMC 20TH ANNIVERSARY EUROPEAN LAW CONFERENCE WARSAW, POLAND, SALA A3, LIPOWA 4
THE EU AND ITS JUDICIARY A Celebration of Judicial Synergy An overview from six perspectives to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 EU enlargement.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO DENISE ASHMORE OBE AT D.ASHMORE@UW.EDU.PL
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Conference Co-Chairs: Eleanor Sharpson QC Advocate General UK, CJEU
A welcome note from the British Law Centre The Central and Eastern European Moot Competition is no stranger to the conference circuit, with an academic conference almost always preceding the competition. The primary aim of the CEEMC, throughout its 20 years of existence, has essentially been to bring students from Central and Eastern European countries closer to the European Union through its laws and judicial institutions, so the opportunity to use the great legal brains that annually congregate together to judge at the CEEMC was too good an opportunity to miss, with this celebratory conference being the natural result. We hope that academics and practitioners from the region will take the opportunity to be a part of a high quality legal discussion and debate on European law that would not normally be available to them.
Prof. Maciej Szpunar Advocate General Poland, CJEU
Held under the patronage of
The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Poland
2014 is for us a particularly special year. Not only will the CEEMC be celebrating its 20th year as a competition in the CEE region but 2014 also marks the 10th anniversary of the largest enlargement , and with it the biggest shift in the axis of power in the history of the European Union. For these two reasons alone we have brought to Warsaw, the phoenix city of the British Law Centre and Clifford Chance (CEEMC primary sponsors), a number of the region’s finest academics, practitioners and lawyers to discuss one of the most important contemporary topics since ratification of the Lisbon Treaty: the role played by judges, both national and at the European Union level and together and alone, in ensuring the highest level of protection available under European Union law.
The Right Honorable Robin Barnett, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Poland
Prof. Marek Safjan, the Polish judge at the European CJEU
GIODO, Inspector General for Personal Data Protection in Poland
We look forward to meeting you in Warsaw.
The Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
For more information on the 2014 CEEMC Conference and to register your place, please check the BLC website at
CONFERENCE PROGRAM ‘THE EU AND ITS JUDICIARY- A Celebration of Judicial Synergy ‘ In celebration of CEEMC 20th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of 2004 EU enlargement
Thursday 24th April 10.00—10.25
Welcome and Introduction to the Conference Denise Ashmore MBE—British Law Centre Dean of the Law Faculty, University of Warsaw
MORNING SESSION CHAIRED BY MACIEJ SZPUNAR AG I: OVERVIEW OF THE IMPACT OF THE JURISPRUDENCE OF THE CJEU IN NATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEMS Perspectives of academia, Member State, NGOs and EU 10.25—11.05
Professor Rosa Greaves
The increasing importance of CJEU jurisprudence and the integration of the Member States national courts- the early years
The CJEU as legislator
NATIONAL VIEWPOINT: POLAND 11.05—11.35
Dr Wojciech Wiewiorowski (GIODO)
HE Beata Jaczewska
Judicial Review of European Privacy Law
The CJEU as last instance for policy making by national government
THE CHALLENGES FOR THE NEXT DECADE 11.35—12.15
Advocate General Maciej Szpunar The EU and its courts, - A decade of challenges faced and overcome, looking to the future
Panel Discussion and Questions
CONFERENCE PROGRAM Thursday 24th April AFTERNOON SESSION CHAIRED BY ELEANOR SHARPSTON AG II: AN EU LEGAL SYSTEM THE CHALLENGE FOR NATIONAL COURTS Perspectives of academia, practitioner and National and EU courts. 14.00—14.30
Judge Stanislaw Biernat
Judge Jan Passer
The Constitutional Court’s competence to check that EU secondary legislation complies with the Polish Constitution.
The National Hierarchy of courts within the European Union judicial structure (the Landtova case)
Professor Tomasz Koncewicz
Professor Michal Bobek
Polish Constitutional Court and EU law. Actor or Spectator?
What role for Constitutional Courts within the EU Judicial Structure?
III:THE EUROPEAN UNION COURTS—HOW TO ENSURE EFFICIENCY AND CONSISTENCY AND STILL EMBRACE LEGAL, CULTURAL, EMPIRICAL AND LIGUISTIC DIVERSITY? 15.10—15.40
The challenge of harmonizing a wealth of languages.
The role of the legal secretary (référendaires)
Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston
Some sensitive/current issues related to EU courts from a practitioner’s view
A tribute to collaboration and harmonization?
Panel Discussion and Questions
AG SHARPSTON AND AG SZPUNAR 16.45—17.00
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS DRINKS RECEPTION
EMBASSY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND IN POLAND (BY INVITATION ONLY)
Eleanor Sharpston has been the UK Advocate General at the CJEU since January 2006. Before becoming AG, Eleanor was a successful QC and Head of Chambers in England and Wales and has been the President of the CEEMC since 2009.
StanisĹ‚aw Biernat is the Vicepresident of the Polish Constitutional Court as well as being a Professor of European Law at Jagellonian University and co-hosted the CEEMC when held in Krakow in 1999.
Judge Jan Passer is a member of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic and joined the judges panel of the CEEMC in Brno in 2013.
Maciej Szpunar is the Polish Advocate General at the CJEU. Maciej is a qualified polish advocate and in the past has held the position of Polish Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs and joined the judging panel of CEEMC in Gdansk in 2003.
Carsten Zatschler is a UK Barrister and former Head of Cabinet for Judge Vajda, the UK judge at the European CJEU and a judge on CEEMCsince 2004
Wojciech Wiewiorowski is the Inspector General of GIODO, the Polish Data Protection Agency and was a member of the Gdansk team mooting at the CEEMC in 1997.
Professor Rosa Greaves is Professor of European Law, specialising in European commercial law, at the University of Glasgow and a judge at CEEMC.
Her Excellency Beata Jaczewska was the Polish Vice-Minister for the Environment from 2011 to December 2013 where she assisted in organizing and chairing the COP-19 UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in December 2013. She is a BLC alumna and competed in the CEEMC in Plovdiv in 2002.
Professor Tomasz Koncewicz is the Professor of Law and Director of the Chair of European and Comparative Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdansk
Michal Bobek is the Professor of European Law at the College of Europe in Bruge, Belgium. As from 2013, he has been nominated by the Czech Republic as an ad hoc judge to the European Court of Human Rights . He is a BLC alumni, competed in the CEEMC in 2003 and now is a regular member of the CEEMC judicial panel.
PrzemysĹ‚aw Rosiak is a Polish advocate at KPMG D. Dobkowski Law Office. He has more than 15 years of experience in EU competition law and state aid and is a BLC alumni.
Cath Howdle is working at the Legal and Executive Affairs Unit at the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
David Guild is the Head of the English-language translation unit at the CJEU to the European Union.
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Testimonial AG Eleanor Sharpston
The British Law Centre The BLC started as a joint venture between the Law Faculties of the University of Cambridge and Warsaw. The primary objective was to provide a corps of Polish lawyers with sufficient knowledge of English law to meet the needs of English and Polish law firms. Since then its popularity and prestige have increased considerably and has led to its course being recognised, by its students and law firm sponsors, as ideal preparation for legal practice in an international law firm.
The need for lawyers who have a background in European Union law, as well as a working knowledge of different national legal systems was seen as an essential element of contemporary legal practice. Since its inception the BLC has seen more than 2000 students pass through its centres, gaining on the way a background in both English law and EU law. Those graduates, whilst pursuing varied careers in EU institutions, national government ministries, universities or law firms (both national and international) have each in their own way assisted in the transition of their countries during the early years of membership in the European Union. In helping to prepare them, the BLC has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution to the political and legal transformation in Central and Eastern Europe.
“Working within any legal system requires both linguistic precision and deep immersion in that system’s legal culture. Young lawyers from Central and Eastern Europe who have studied with the British Law Centres of JAS therefore have an immense advantage when it comes to dealing with Englishspeaking colleagues from common law systems.”
Testimonial Sir Konrad Schiemann
THE CEEMC The Central and East European Moot competition (CEEMC) was founded in 1996 by the British Law Centre and simulates a preliminary reference from a fictional Member State of the European Union to the European CJEU.
Teams from Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine have taken part in past competitions, to find themselves competing before a panel of judges comprised of experts from the European CJEU and the European Commission, the world of academia and professional legal community
UK Judge at the CJEU
'Juris Angliae Scientia and its British Law Centres based throughout Central and Eastern Europe have made a magnificent contribution to legal education throughout the region.'
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