Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw)

How do Judges Learn EU Law? A Dutch Narrative

Herman J. van Harten, Rosa H.M. Jansen

This contribution provides a short history of some of the main Dutch experiences in improving accessibility and manageability of EU law for judges over the past few decades. It demonstrates the necessity of a multidimensional approach for the major actors involved and the need to share knowledge, judgecraft and awareness of the autonomy of national courts in the EU’s judicial system. With the end of the Stockholm Programme for Justice and Home Affairs in December 2014, the intention of the European Council to discuss the strategic guidelines for the area of freedom, security and justice in June 2014 and the ambitious proposal of the EU Justice programme for the period 2014 to 2020 by the European Commission in which judicial training is considered a key element of the new justice policies, the European institutions are expected to reap the fruits of these experiences and observe the principle of subsidiarity.

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