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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to examine the key elements of the preliminary ruling procedure which is used by national courts who wish to refer questions of European law to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Know what kinds of question the referring court can ask;
  • Understand what process is implemented by the ECJ;
  • Appreciate how long a reference normally takes;
  • Understand what happens after the ECJ has reached a decision;
  • Know what the legal basis for the preliminary ruling procedure is;
  • Know which courts can refer questions to the ECJ;
  • Know the exceptions to the obligation to refer;
  • Understand what a party can do about a failure to refer;
  • Know how the procedure works in the UK;
  • Know what should go into a reference for a preliminary ruling;
  • Know whether the ECJ has to answer all references.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Classification:
Practical Guide
Procedural
Sources and References:
  • The Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union forms Protocol No 3 to the TEU and TFEU.
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In this CPDcast, Catherine Howdle, a referendaire in the Chambers of Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston, discusses the preliminary ruling procedure by which a national court can refer a question of European law to the Court of Justice of the European Union. She discusses at the types of questions that can be referred to the court, the types of court that are able to refer such questions and the key stages of the procedure.

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-02-27

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