Decentered Integration: The European Economic Area – an Alternative?

Lecture at the University of Cambridge, 7 May 2014.

Institutional Conditions for the Conclusion of an Energy Agreement Switzerland-EU

Conference «Structural Change in the Swiss Gas Industry», ior/cf HSG, 21 March 2014

The Protection of Citizens and Business Operators in EEA Law

Guest lecture at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen, Norway, 4 March 2014.

Wieviel EU braucht die Schweiz?

Business Club Zürich, Zunfthaus "Zur Saffran", 27.2.2014, 11.30 h.

Administrative and prosecutorial enforcement of competition law

Fifth Annual Conference on Competition Enforcement in the CEE Member States, 21st February 2014 in Bratislava.

Outbound and Inbound Dividend Taxation – The Contribution of the EFTA Court

Conference on “Landmark Decisions in Direct Tax Jurisprudence”organised by the University of Luxembourg and the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Carl Baudenbacher and Michael-James Clifton

Courts of Regional Economic and Political Integration Agreements, in: The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication, ed. by Cesare Romano, Karen J. Alter and Yuval Shany, Oxford University Press 2014, 250 - 277.

Margin of appreciation of the national judge in the preliminary ruling procedure: judicial dialogue and balance of interests

Participation in the closing panel of the conference organised by the University of Luxembourg under the scientific responsibility of Professor Eleftheria Neframi. Other panelists were: Professor Herwig Hofmann, University of Luxembourg, Judge Lars Bay Larsen, Court of Justice of the European Union, Judge Otto Czucz, General Court of the European Union, Arjen Meij, Visiting Professor at the University of Luxembourg, Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi, Court of Justice of the European Union.

Traces of the Societas Leonina in modern business law

Hotel Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, CH-8001 Zurich, 18.30.

The Judicial Dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy

High-Level Lecture on the ENP in a Comparative Perspective, College of Europe, Bruges, 24 October 2013

The notion of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) does not, according to common usage, relate to the Agreement on European Economic Area (EEA). This far-reaching association agreement was signed by the EC and its then 12 Member States and the then 7 EFTA States Austria, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland on 2 May 1992, it entered into force on 1 January 1994 for five EFTA States (Austria, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and has since mid-1995 consisted of the EU and its Member States on the one hand and the 3 EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on the other. Among all the agreements concluded by the EU, the EEA Agreement stands out because it gives the associated States the right to have their own Surveillance Authority, the ESA, and their own court, the EFTA Court. The EFTA Court is basically obliged to follow or take into account relevant ECJ case law, but in the majority of its cases tackles novel legal questions. The ECJ, it’s Advocates General and the CFI for their part conduct a regular judicial dialogue with the EFTA Court. The question may be posed whether the EEA could serve as a model for other regional associations. For the fourth EFTA State, Switzerland, this issue could become relevant in the near future.