The 'Europeanisation' of the Portuguese Courts

Silesian Journal of Legal Studies, 4, 2012, pp. 73 a 88

18 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2017 Last revised: 25 Mar 2017

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Nuno Piçarra

New University of Lisbon

Francisco Pereira Coutinho

NOVA University of Lisbon - School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This article deals with the Portuguese courts’ assimilation of the European Union (EU) legal order since the accession of Portugal in 1986.

It will review:

(i) the “European duties” entrusted to the Member States’ courts, as made explicit by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in the framework of the preliminary ruling procedure, and

(ii) the way Portuguese courts have implemented such duties during the last two decades.

It is somewhat surprising that whilst the Portuguese courts have generally accepted the duties set forth by the ECJ, the number of preliminary references such courts have made to the ECJ is still exceedingly low.

Keywords: Portugal, European Union Law, Courts

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Piçarra, Nuno and Pereira Coutinho, Francisco, The 'Europeanisation' of the Portuguese Courts (2012). Silesian Journal of Legal Studies, 4, 2012, pp. 73 a 88, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938673

Nuno Piçarra

New University of Lisbon ( email )

Lisbon, 1099-085
Portugal

Francisco Pereira Coutinho (Contact Author)

NOVA University of Lisbon - School of Law ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal

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