Black Box in Luxembourg: The Bewildering Experience of National Court Judges and Lawyers in the Context of the Preliminary Ruling Procedure

Hoevenaars, J. & Krommendijk, J. (2021) Black box in Luxembourg: the bewildering experience of national court judges and lawyers in the context of the preliminary ruling procedure. European Law Review, 46 (1), 61-80.

21 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2021 Last revised: 19 Apr 2021

Date Written: Januari 01, 2021

Abstract

The interaction between national courts and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the context of the preliminary ruling procedure is often presented as a dialogue. Despite this being the dominant discourse, we know very little of how the ECJ’s main interlocutors actually experience their interaction with it. This article reflects critically on the discourse of dialogue on the basis of interviews with two of the most important ECJ interlocutors: referring national judges and the parties and their lawyers. By juxtaposing the different roles assigned to these actors during the procedure, the article shows that referring judges may feel that they are not equal discussion partners in a dialogue and the parties and their lawyers are assigned a role that they feel unequipped to fulfil.

Keywords: EU Law, National Courts, Preliminary Rulings, References to European Court

JEL Classification: K41

Suggested Citation

Hoevenaars, Jos, Black Box in Luxembourg: The Bewildering Experience of National Court Judges and Lawyers in the Context of the Preliminary Ruling Procedure (Januari 01, 2021). Hoevenaars, J. & Krommendijk, J. (2021) Black box in Luxembourg: the bewildering experience of national court judges and lawyers in the context of the preliminary ruling procedure. European Law Review, 46 (1), 61-80., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3810068

Jos Hoevenaars (Contact Author)

Erasmus School of Law ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3023AS
Netherlands

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