Case C‐188/07, Commune De Mesquer V. Total France and Total International Ltd., Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 24 June 2008  Ecr I‐4501; Case C‐301/08, Irène Bogiatzi V. Deutscher Luftpool, Société Luxair, European Communities, Luxembourg, Foyer Assurances Sa, Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 22 October 2009, Not Yet Reported
Posted: 29 Jun 2012
Date Written: 2010
After Mox Plant and Intertanko, the case of Commune de Mesquer, annotated here, confronted the European Court of Justice for the third time in two years with issues relating to the relationship between the International Law of the Sea and European law. However, the International Law of the Sea is but one example of a broader phenomenon: the consideration of international law as a standard of review or at least as a tool of interpretation appears to have become a fact of the ECJ’s life. In this case note, Commune de Mesquer will serve as starting point for a discussion on the binding force and status of international treaties concluded by the Member States.
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