Research Seminar: “The role of national courts and judges in EU legal integration - insights from a quantitative comparative study and from a Swedish case study

   8th July 2021 10:00 - 12:00, 8th July 2021 12:00

Speaker: Karin Leijon, Uppsala University, Department of Government

Time: Thursday, 8 July 2021, 10:00 AM CET

How national courts actually behave when engaging in the preliminary ruling procedure (Article 267 TFEU), and what motivates individual national judges to be either active or passive in this procedure, have important implications for the functioning of the EU legal system and the pace of EU legal integration. In this talk, Karin Leijon will first briefly present the findings from a comparative study on whether national courts allow the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to decide politically sensitive cases (i.e. cases in which national policies are at stake) and, whether national courts express opinions in the referrals (i.e. supporting EU law or defending national law). Second, Leijon will also discuss the motives informing the actions of individual (Swedish) judges with regard to the referral of cases and the expression of opinions in the requests for preliminary rulings. 


For more information regarding the studies referred to in this talk, see: and

The seminar will be broadcasted via Zoom application. Participation is subject to prior registration. The Zoom link of the event will be sent to registered participants via email.

Contact: Sára Hungler

Information on the seminar: Marton Varju