Book launch and Discussion

Discussants: Gerard Hogan and Fernanda Nicola

Author: William Phelan

Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice: Rethinking the Landmark Decisions of the Foundational Period (Cambridge UP)

Thursday 15 April 2021, 5pm Irish Time, via Zoom

Please join us for a book launch and discussion of William Phelan’s book “Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice”. The book offers a new approach to understanding the ECJ’s famous decisions in the 1960s and 1970s – Van Gend en Loos, Costa, Van Duyn, and so on – through use of the comparative method and by drawing in detail on the writings and speeches of the influential French ECJ judge and President of the Court, Robert Lecourt. It highlights the importance of the ECJ’s 1964 Dairy Products judgment in understanding the logic and purpose of Van Gend en Loos and the doctrine of direct effect. The book will be enjoyed by students and scholars of EU law, and by anyone interested in understanding the role of the European Court of Justice.

Participating in the launch and discussion are:

  • Gerard Hogan, Advocate General of the European Court of Justice
  • Fernanda Nicola, Professor of Law, and historian of EU law, American University Washington College of Law
  • William Phelan, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Politics and Law, Trinity College Dublin
  • Aileen Kavanagh (Panel Chair), Professor of Constitutional Governance, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

We would kindly ask attendees to register here (for free) through Eventbrite. Once registered, you will then be sent the relevant Zoom login information closer to the time of the launch event

After the presentation and discussion there will be an opportunity for questions and answers from attendees.

More information about “Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice” (with an image of Robert Lecourt on the cover) can be found here

Gerard Hogan, Advocate General of the European Court of Justice 

Fernanda Nicola, Professor of Law, and historian of EU law, American University Washington College of Law

William Phelan, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Politics and Law, Trinity College Dublin

With the support of the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union, for the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Politics and Law, and for the EUROGOV Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Trinity College Dublin