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Kelsenian reflections on the unity of domestic and international law: the practice of consistent interpretation of the CJEU



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Speaker: Dr Paul Gragl - Queen Mary, University of London

Series: Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL) seminars

Dr Paul GraglThis contribution examines the relationship between EU and international law on the basis of the principle of consistent interpretation which denotes the process of subtly internalising international norms without their express incorporation, transformation, or transposition. Its innovative approach lies in the application of Kelsen's theory to the relationship of EU law and international law in order to determine whether Luxembourg's incoherent jurisprudence on consistent interpretation indeed constitutes an insurmountable normative conflict or whether the Union nevertheless remains a monist legal system. Part 2 will present a brief description of the doctrine of consistent interpretation, especially its defining features and its limits, and a brief analysis on whether there is an international obligation to consistent interpretation. Part 3 will extensively depict the Court's diverse case law on consistent interpretation, in particular with respect to secondary and primary EU law, and conclude that there are considerable incoherencies in the CJEU's conclusions from the viewpoint of international law. Eventually, Part 4 will first illustrate Kelsen's theory on the relationship between national and international law, and then apply its findings and conclusions to the EU's relationship with public international law in order to fill this theoretical gap.

Dr Paul Gragl is Lecturer in European Union Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He is author of The Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (2013, Hart Publishing). Prior to arriving at Queen Mary, he was a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the University of Graz, Austria (2010-2012), where he also completed his doctoral thesis on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. From 2012 to 2013, he held the post of Research Fellow at City University London, starting his research on the relationship between Public International Law and the EU legal order.

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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 16th April 2014

AG02 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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Lecturer in Law

City, University of London
Northampton Square
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020 7040 3417

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