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The obligation of the judge to ask the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling: a tenuous element for a fair trial (E.C.H.R., Ullens de Schooten and Rezabek v. Belgium, 20 September 2011)

Luc DONNAY
Maître de conférences à l’Université de Liège
Auditeur au Conseil d’État

20 septembre 2011 - Cour eur. dr. h., Ullens de Schooten et Rezabek c. Belgique

The relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of Luxembourg continues to expand and develop over time. The planned accession by the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights has increased the cohesion of this relationship. In anticipation of the accession, the Strasbourg Court is frequently called upon to intercede and provide commentary on the application of the law for the European Union but attempts to do so in a delicate manner. The judgment is an illustration of the requirement of the judge to offer a preliminary ruling come within in Article 6,1 of the Convention, while delicately respecting the relationship and role of the Court of Justice. This lesson has the potential to be applied to other preliminary rulings asked of National Courts in addition to the International Courts.

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Documents proposés :

l'arrêt commenté : Cour eur. dr. h., Ullens de Schooten et Rezabek c. Belgique, 20 septembre 2011
Cour. eur. dr. h., décision Vergauwen c. Belgique, 10 avril 2012
Cour. eur. dr. h., décision Ferreira Santos Pardal c. Portugal, 4 septembre 2012
Cass. (fr.), 26 octobre 2011, Société McCormick Guadeloupe
Civ. Bruxelles (4e ch.), 20 octobre 2011