Conference and Book Launch “The Transformation of Economic Law”, 7 June 2019, EUI

On 7 June 2019, the conference and book launch in honour of Hans-W. Micklitz took place at the European University Institute in Florence. Hans-W. Micklitz is an outstanding legal scholar, who has gained international recognition for dedicating his career to the study of inter aliaEuropean Private Law and theories of Social Justice. The book entitled “The Transformation of Economic Law” (Hart Publishing, 2019) contains a collection of chapters written by Hans’ “young colleagues”, i.e. his former PhD supervisees, post-doctoral researchers and research assistants. This special and highly emotional event was attended in different capacities by various members of the CSECL of the University of Amsterdam (Chantal Mak, Marija Bartl, Irina Domurath and Betül Kas). 

Betül Kas – post-doctoral researcher of the ‘Judges in Utopia’-project – presented her chapter entitled “Transforming the European ‘Legal Field’ by Strategic Litigation”. By conceptualizing the EU multi-level legal order as a ‘hybrid legal space’, the chapter explores the changing nature of the ‘legal field’ by drawing on the socio-legal reconstruction of the Janecek case (C-237/07, [2008] ECR I-06221). The Janecek case concerns the private enforcement of EU environmental law before the national courts in the situation where the national authorities failed to comply with their planning obligations for clean urban air. The remarkable story of the Janecek-litigation started before the German courts in 2005 and is not only still ongoing today but has spread to various Member States. In her presentation, Betül referred in particular to the transformation of the role and nature of judicial proceedings in the light of the EU’s legislative air quality framework and the CJEU jurisprudence. 

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