The Court of Justice of the European Union and the current challenges for European integration

Photo: A hearing of the Court of Justice Grand Chamber

Meet the President for the Court of Justice for the European Union, Koen Lenaerts for a speech followed by discussion on some of the challenges and tasks currently facing Europe and the EU Court in Luxembourg.

It is often recalled how the European Union is “united in diversity”. It is also true that in the 60 years since the signature of the Treaty of Rome, European integration has lived through a series of difficult moments and periods. However, in recent years notably the financial and economic crisis, the immigration and refugee crisis and Brexit have arguably taken the challenges facing the European Union to a new level, where ultimately the very cohesion of a union based on democracy, respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law might be at stake.
President Lenaerts will in his speech comment on how challenges such as these may affect the Court of Justice of the European Union and its case-law. Examples from recent case-law, in particular on the balance to be struck between effective judicial cooperation based on mutual trust and the protection of fundamental rights, as well as in some discrimination cases, will be brought up in the speech.

The speech of President Lenaerts will be followed by a question & answers session.


Thursday, 1 June 2017, 15:30-17:30

Place: The Ceremonial Hall (Festsalen), University of Copenhagen, Main Building, Frue Plads 4, DK-1168 Copenhagen K

Registration: Everyone is welcome, but registration is necessary. Please register using this form.  

Registration deadline: 1 June 2017, 12:00

Contact: All questions regarding the seminar can be directed to Ulla Neergaard e-mail:

Organised by the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Association for European Law


Koen Lenaerts is born 1954; lic. iuris, Ph.D. in Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven); Master of Laws, Master in Public Administration (Harvard University); Lecturer (1979-83), subsequently Professor of European Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (since 1983); Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice (1984-85); Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (1984-89); member of the Brussels Bar (1986-89); Visiting Professor at the Harvard Law School (1989); Judge at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities from 25 September 1989 to 6 October 2003; Judge at the Court of Justice since 7 October 2003; Vice-President of the Court of Justice from 9 October 2012 to 7 October 2015; President of the Court of Justice since 8 October 2015.

Lykke Friis is born in 1969. In 1992, she became Master of Science in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. The following year, she graduated from the University of Copenhagen as Master of Political Science. In 1997, she received her PhD in International Politics from the University of Copenhagen. Lykke has once before been Prorector at the University of Copenhagen and held the position from 2006 and until she was appointed Minister of Climate and Energy in november 2009-2011 and from 2010 as well Minister for Gender Equality. Lykke was member of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) from 2011-2013. Earlier in her career she has held the position as Head of European Affairs at the Confederation of Danish Industries. Prior to that, she held positions at the Danish Institute of International Affairs as Head of Research, at the European Parliament as holder of a Robert Schuman Scholarship and at the Danish Ministry of Business Affairs.

Ulla NeergaardUlla Neergaard is Professor at the University of Copenhagen since 2009, first in EU Market Law and then in EU Law. Before that she was among others Professor of Competition Law at the Copenhagen Business School. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence (1998). Ulla Neergaard has been appointed as an “expert member” to several boards/committees (among others the Danish Council of Competition and the Danish Energy Regulatory Authority). At present she is deputy member of the Appeals Permission Board which holds a central role in the Danish court system. She was the President of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE) from 2013-14 and organised the FIDE-Congress in 2014. She is at present among others the President of the Danish Association for European Law. She is responsible of many of the EU-law courses (BA and MA) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen. The academic year 2015-16 was spent at the Faculty of Law/St. John’s College, University of Oxford.