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The City Law School's Professor Panos Koutrakos mentioned in Opinion by Advocate General of European Court of Justice

Articles published by the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law have been quoted in cases relating to EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Panos Koutrakos has been mentioned in the Opinion by Advocate General Pikamäe of the European Court of Justice in Joined Cases C‑225/19 and C‑226/19 R.N.N.S. and K.A. v Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken.

292815These cases are about Article 32 of Regulation 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas and its interpretation in the light of Articles 41 (right to a fair hearing) and 47 (right to an effective remedy) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Rejected visa applications

The cases arose in the context of visa applications rejected by the Netherlands authorities after other Member States had objected on grounds of public policy, internal security or public health, or their international relations. The questions referred to the European Court of Justice are about the information that may be communicated to the applicants and the remedies available to challenge the objections to the issuing of the visa.

In his Opinion, delivered on September 9th 2020, Advocate General Pikamäe referred to the article by Professor Koutrakos on Judicial Review in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, (2018) 67 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1.

This article has also been mentioned in two other Opinions this year: by Advocate General Tanchev in Case C 730/18 P SC v EULEx Kosovo, and by Advocate General Bobek in Case C 14/19 P European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) v KF.

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