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23-02-2016 - Broadening the scope of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights (Article 51)?

PETI 09-03-2016 - 12:25

Since the entry into force of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in December 2009 the Committee on Petitions has been receiving an ever increasing number of petitions, in which the petitioners alleging a violation of their fundamental rights are invoking the Charter as a legal basis.

This PETI hearing aims at discovering whether the protection granted to citizens' fundamental rights in the EU is in fact effective and to what extent citizens' expectations as expressed in petitions can indeed be satisfied under the present legal mechanism of protection.

Speakers will originate from academic institutions, the Court of Justice of the EU, a national Constitutional Court and competent EU institutions and agencies.



Powerpoint Presentations and contributions of speakers

      Professor Eleanor SPAVENTA, Durham University
      Professor Elise Muir, Associate Professor of EU law, Maastricht University
      Mr András Jakab, Director of Institute for Legal Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest
      Professor Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General, Court of Justice of the EU
      Mr Justice Jiří Zemánek, Czech Constitutional Court (Ústavni Soud) - contribution
      Mr Justice Jiří Zemánek, Czech Constitutional Court (Ústavni Soud) - presentation
      Mr Graham Smith, Member of the European Ombudsman's cabinet
      Dr. Gabriel Toggenburg, Senior Legal Advisor, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)