Judicial Reasoning in a Multinational Court
In this short “non-doctrinal” contribution to the Festschrift in honour of Carl Baudenbacher following his resignation as president of the EFTA Court, I shall discuss the intricacies of deliberating in a legal forum consisting of judges from all Member States of the European Union. I shall discuss a number of points on the basis of my own personal experiences as a former judge and president of the Court of First Instance (now the General Court, the ‘GC’). I shall discuss how the multinational nature of the EU Courts (the Court of Justice and the GC) influences judicial deliberation and reasoning of judgments. This contribution is not meant to be an academic discussion but simply some personal reflections on the issues mentioned.
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