Seminar with Associate Professor Amedeo Arena

From an Unpaid Electricity Bill to the Primacy of EU Law: Gian Galeazzo Stendardi and the Making of Costa v. ENEL

Whilst Costa v. ENEL is the starting point for most accounts of the primacy of EU law, the story of that lawsuit is still relatively unknown. What drove Flaminio Costa to sue his electricity provider over a bill of as little as £1,925 (about €22 in 2019)? Why did the small-claims court of Milan decide to involve both the Italian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Justice in such a ‘petty’ lawsuit? Why did those two courts hand down rulings going in opposite directions? How did the lawsuit end when it came back to the Milan small-claims court? Relying upon previously undisclosed court documents and interviews with some of the actors involved, this article seeks to shed some light on the less-known aspects of the Costa v. ENEL lawsuit, against the background of electricity nationalization in Italy at the height of the Cold War, and to assess the contribution of that lawsuit and of its ‘architect’, Gian Galeazzo Stendardi, to the development of the doctrine of primacy of European Union law. Read more here.

Bio:
Amedeo Arena is Associate Professor of European Union Law at the University of Naples Federico II Department of Law (est. 1224). He has completed a PhD in International Law at the University of Naples Federico II and holds LLM degrees from King’s College London and New York University, where he was also a Fulbright Fellow. He has been Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley, University College London, and University of Tokyo; Visiting Professor at Riga Graduate School of Law, KU Leuven, and University of Leiden, and Invited Speaker, inter alia, at Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford University. He is the author of the chapter on the doctrine of primacy of the Oxford Principles of European Union Law (OUP 2018), which has been cited by the England and Wales Court of Appeal, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, and Advocate General Bobek of the European Court of Justice.

 Programme:

  • Welcome and introduction by/professor Helle Krunke, CECS, Faculty of Law, Copenhagen

  • From an Unpaid Electricity Bill to the Primacy of EU Law: Gian Galeazzo Stendardi and the Making of Costa v. ENEL by/Associate Professor Amedeo Arena, University of Naples Federico II Department of Law

  • Discussant / Associate professor Morten Rasmussen, SAXO-Institute, Faculty of Humanities

  • Q & A session

All parties are welcome, but registration is necessary.
Please use this registration form no later than 19 September 2019, 12:00.