Past Event

EU Judges Visit Columbia Law School

October 30, 2017 - November 3, 2017
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From October 30 through November 3, CCSI, White & Case, and the EU Delegation to the UN hosted three distinguished guests from the Court of Justice of the European Union— Judge Ian Forrester, Advocate General Nils Wahl, and Director of Communications William Valasidis –for a week of discussions on matters of anti-trust, investment, trade, legal challenges in the EU, and other timely developments in EU and International Law.

Monday October 30, 12:10-1pm, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107:

“Jurisdictional Issues in Antitrust: Intel & Beyond”

The EU Courts have consistently held that the application of EU law to a specific situation presupposes an adequate link to the EU territory. However, until recently, only few decisions of the EU Courts concerned, more specifically, the scope of application of EU competition rules. In past cases, the Court of Justice had found that the adequate link to the EU territory could be the presence in the Union of a subsidiary of the company concerned, or the implementation of anticompetitive conduct within that territory. In addition, the General Court had also endorsed a ‘qualified effects’ test. The question of jurisdiction was, however, one of the key issues raised by the well-known Intel case. Advocate General Nils Wahl, in this talk and discussion, focused on the potential consequences of the Intel judgment.

Wednesday November 1, 12:10-1pm, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A:

Brexit & European Union Law” 

Judge Ian Forrester, Nils Wahl, and William Valasidis opined on what a Brexit may mean for EU law. The distinguished panelists considered various challenges and impacts of Britain’s exit from the European Union, how EU law will continue to impact the UK even after its withdrawal, and how specific sectors or standards might be impacted.

A write-up of this event is available here.

Thursday November 2, 1:15-2:45pm, Delegation of the EU to the United Nations, 666 3rd avenue31st Floor:

How the European Court of Justice Works and Implications for EU Relations,” with Judge Ian Forrester and William Valasidis

Friday November 3, 3:00pm, White & Case, 1221 6th Ave, 49th Floor:

“Intensity of Judicial Review after Halcor & Menarini,” with Judge Ian Forrester and William Valasidis

About Ian Forrester, Nils Wahl and William Valasidis:

Nils Wahl

Nils Wahl is an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice. Previously, he was a Judge at the General Court of the European Union. He has been Professor of European Law at the University of Stockholm; Managing Director of an educational foundation (1993-2004); Chairman of the Nätverket för europarättslig forskning (Swedish Network for European Legal Research); and member of the Rådet för konkurrensfrågor (Council for Competition Law Matters). He received his Doctor of Laws from the University of Stockholm.

Ian Forrester

Ian S. Forrester is a Judge of the General Court of the European Union.  He is a retired Partner of White & Case, when Forrester Norall & Sutton merged with the firm.  He is an Honorary Professor and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Glasgow University. He is admitted to the bar in Scotland, New York, England and Belgium, appointd Queen’s Counsel and Bencher, Middle Temple. He has been an advocate in several leading cases in national and European courts: Magill; Bosman; Microsoft; IMS; Pfizer Animal Health; Government of Gibraltar v Council; Glaxo Spain and Syfait et al v GlaxoSmithKline; Servier; Halcor; A v. National Blood Authority; Bellona Foundation v EFTA.

William Valasidis

William Valasidis is the Director of Communications of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Previously he has held the position of Director of Protocol and Information of the CJEU and he served as référendaire in the Chambers of the President of the CJEU, Prof. Dr. Vassilios Skouris (1999-2014) and in the Chambers of the Judge Krateros Ioannou (1998-1999). He holds a Degree in Law summa cum laude from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School.