Working Lunch with Christoph Krenn (Heidelberg)
"An Incomplete Transformation: The Procedural and Organisational Law of the European Court of Justice" was the topic of a Working Lunch with Dr. Christoph Krenn (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public Law, Heidelberg), held at the Institute for European Global Studies on May 10, 2023.
In his presentation, Krenn introduced his new book, "The Procedural and Organisational Law of the European Court of Justice," which represents the culmination of his PhD project. Krenn presented a normative theory of decision-making in the European Court of Justice and contended that the institutional design of the ECJ remained incomplete from its establishment in the 1950s until the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2007. To enhance the court's adherence to Article 1 of the Treaty on the European Union and align its actions with the desires of EU citizens, Krenn suggested fundamental structural changes within the court, including the modification of judge selection procedures, the alteration of the court's participation structure, and the reconfiguration of the cultural balance between judges. Ultimately, Krenn drew upon the historical evolution of the ECJ to offer insights for Swiss negotiations with the EU regarding the Institutional Framework Agreement (InstA).
Christoph Krenn is a Senior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. In his research, he is most interested in EU constitutional law, theory and practice of ECJ decision-making, internal market law and EU citizenship, as well as the rise of constitutional adjudication in Austria and Switzerland.
Working Lunches are a regular event at the Institute for European Global Studies. They serve as a platform of communication between the researchers of the institute, visiting scholars and associated members.