Although decisions handed down by any body exercising judicial powers constitute case law in the European Union, the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance of the European Communities are considered the courts of the European Union. There is no appeal against judgments of the Court of Justice. But an appeal can be initiated against a judgment of the Court of First Instance.
There are a number of places to search for judgments - both in paper and electronically. Here's a list of sources available to TMLL users:
- Common Market Law Reports [1962 - 2008] [KJE923.7.C66] - Level 4 of the Library
- Common Market Law Reports - Antitrust Supplement [ 1988 - 2008] - volume 4 of each year's issues of the Common Market Law Reports - Level 4 of the Library
- European Community Cases [1989 - 1997] [KJE923.7.E9] - Level 4 of the Library
- European Court Reports: Reports of the European Community Staff Cases: ECR-SC/Court of Frist Instance [ 1994-date] [KJE5932.A7 E93] - Level 4 of the Library
- Official Journal, series C - [ 1973-1995/97] [KJE 908.)34] - Level 4 of the Library
- Reports of Cases Before the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance [1990-2011] [KJE923.7.R472] - Level 4 of the Library
- Court of Justice Blog - current judgments
- Eur-Lex - Contains links to EU law, case law and an electronic version of the Official Journal
- InfoCuria - Case-law database in Europa. Full text available from June 1997. Includes judgments from the Court of Justice, General Court (Court of First Instance pre 2010), and the Reports of European Community Staff Cases
- JURE - produced by the European Commission - cases posted deal with jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters and with "recognition and enforcement of judgments in a State other than the one where the judgment was enacted"
- JURIFAST - produced by the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdiction of the European Union (ACA Europe) - consists of preliminary rulings of the European Court of Justice. This database also contains preliminary questions raised by the Courts of Member States.
- Lexis - Decisions handed down by the courts of the European Union can be found under the International tab. Follow the following links in order to see cases: International Law>View All Countries> European Union>Case Law
- Westlaw - Decisions of European Courts included in Westlaw are: the Court of Justice (1954 - date); the Court of First Instance (1989 - date); and the C Series of the Official Journal (1985 - date). To find European Union cases search: International Materials>European Union>All European Union Cases. Coverage varies.
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