The book, published thanks to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, deals with the functions of the one of the most important, but often underestimated institution of the European Union – the European Court of Justice (ECJ). On the surface it seems that the book was meant for the “fanatics” of the functioning of the European Union. However, the book is written in a very accessible form, thanks to which the issues addressed in the book are intelligible for young readers who are very often sceptical or even reluctant to approach this subject.
The author also writes about, among others, differences between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, about the contribution of the ECJ to the development of the European Union and about the fact that the ECJ has become a court for migrants and refugees. Furthermore, in the book one will find very interesting statistical data in the form of easy-to-understand charts.
There are many books dealing with difficult and complicated terminology used by the institutions of the European Union, especially by the ECJ. Quite often they are full of quoted articles or rulings which makes it difficult to understand the functioning of the given institution or to form an individual opinion. However, “Twelve things everyone should know about the European Court of Justice” is a completely different book. The reader does not have to be a law student or a European Union civil servant to understand the book.
We also want to draw your attention to the fact that since 2012 new Rules of Procedures of the European Court of Justice are in force. We have already written about these. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new regulations.