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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2004

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  • The European Law Reports, compiled and edited by a team of specialist European lawyers headed by David Vaughan CBE, QC, are unique. The European Law Reports report the most important judgments involving issues of European Union law decided by national courts and tribunals in the UK and Ireland. These cases represent a crucial body of law in a wide range of commercial and public law matters, which no one practising in any field where EU law arises can afford to be without. It is particularly strong in competition cases.

    The majority of cases reported in the European Law Reports are not reported elsewhere and are regularly cited in judgments of the higher courts.

    In a fully developed EU legal system, many of the most important cases will be decided by the national courts, with only exceptional cases being referred to the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling. Already the extensive case law of the Court of Justice provides sufficient information to enable national courts to decide for themselves with a high degree of confidence many cases without the need for a reference. This tendency, which grows as the confidence and experience of the judiciary increases, will be further enhanced as the reporting of EU law cases in the national courts improves.

    Hence the importance of these law reports.

    The European Law Reports fill a vital gap, bringing together the most significant national decisions on issues of EU law decided by the Courts and tribunals of England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.


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