International & Comparative Law Program

Fundamental rights from a European perspective (and the influence of the case law of European Court of Justice)

Please join us for a talk with Verica Trstenjak, Professor of European Law at the University of Vienna and Former Advocate General at the European Court of Justice.

Dr. Verica Trstenjak will discuss the system of fundamental rights protection in the EU. The new EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is in force since 2009 and is the most important legal instrument in this field in the EU. Since the legislation cannot always follow the rapid changes of the society (e.g. digital technology, the migration crises), the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) is particularly important. The CJEU case law is binding in all 28 EU Member States with more than 500 million people. In addition, the CJEU has an important role in the system of fundamental rights protection; it interprets fundamental rights more and more widely. Dr. Verica Trstenjak will present some cases from the so-called classical areas, for example the right to privacy and protection of personal data, and also cases from areas that are normally not associated with fundamental rights, for example the right to accommodation and freedom to conduct business. Part of the case law is also relevant to countries outside the EU, including the US.

About the Speaker

Verica Trstenjak (Slovenia) is Professor of European law at the University of Vienna (Austria), an external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg and visiting professor at European Law Faculty in Slovenia. Since 2017, she has also been Member of the Management Board and Executive Board of the EU Agency for fundamental rights.

From 2004 to 2006, she was a judge at the General Court of the EU, and from 2006 to 2012, an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxemburg (the highest legal position in EU) and she was advocate general in cases concerning fundamental rights: asylum, fundamental social rights, judicial rights, right to property. She teaches fundamental rights at the University of Vienna at the undergraduate level and also on the LLM program (fundamental rights and business). She has published several books and more than 280 articles (also with SSCI – social science citation index). She was a lecturer at different international and European conferences (ex. General reporter at International Conference of Comparative Law 2014 , keynote speaker at International Conference of Consumer Law 2015) and universities (e.g. Hamburg, Zurich, Sydney, Amsterdam, Rom, Montreal). She is a member of the editorial board of several important legal journals: European Law Review (SSCI), European Journal of Commercial Contract Law, Ecolex, Italian Law Journal and others. She is member of International Academia of Comparative Law, Member of Academia Europaea and from 2013, Council Member of European Law Institut (ELI). 

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Sponsors: The Promise Institute for Human Rights; International and Comparative Law Program; International Human Rights Law Association