The Authority of the EFTA Court

  • Skúli Magnússon


The EFTA Court gives binding decisions on direct actions brought by ESA, or another EEA/EFTA State, but also has a role in securing the uniform interpretation of EEA law in the EEA/EFTA States by issuing advisory opinions at the request of their national courts. This, together with its function as an international court of law, argues for powers to create authoritative judge-made law, in a way comparable to the ECJ. However, the situation of the EFTA Court is more complex regarding several factors. This Chapter discusses the authority of EFTA Court rulings and case-law, in particular in relation to the preliminary reference procedure provided for by Article 34 SCA, while also touching up the standing of the Court in its relation with the EEA/EFTA States and the EU.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.District Court of ReykjavikReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.University of Iceland, Faculty of LawReykjavikIceland

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