Oxford lecture 2012 – 2013

Jean-Victor Louis, Honorary Professor at the ULB and former President of the Wiener-Anspach Foundation, delivered a Philippe Wiener Lecture entitled “The reform of the European Court of Justice” on December 3, 2013 at the University of Oxford. He was welcomed by Professor Paul Craig, from the Faculty of Law.

In 2011, the Court of justice introduced a request to the EU Council for a revision of the statute of the Court which essentially aimed at increasing the number of judges in the General Court in order to reduce the judicial backlog. This revision seems to be now in an impasse as no agreement has been reached within the Council on the selection of additional judges. Alternative solutions of a managerial nature were suggested which would perhaps be more efficient. An ambitious revision of the status of judges should also be envisaged. In this context, a debate is open on transparency and democracy in selecting judges.

Jean-Victor Louis: a biographical note
Hon. Professor, ULB; former President, Institute of European Studies, ULB (1980-1992); former part-time Professor, European University Institute, Florence (1998-2003); hon. degree, University Paris II (2001); hon. General Counsel, National Bank of Belgium; past president of the Wiener-Anspach Foundation (2002-2013).