EU Law

The European Union has a legal personality and its own legal system. EU legislation has a direct or indirect impact on the national law of its Member States. The legal system is usually subdivided into primary legislation (treaties and general principles of law) and in secondary legislation (legal acts based on EU Treaties).

EU Institutions

European Court of Justice and Court of First Instance

• European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

• European Commission, Legal Service

• European Commission, Secretariat-General

Eurojust (European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit)

e-Justice (European e-Justice Portal)

European Judical Network in Civil and Commercial Matters

EUROPOL

European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

Notaries of Europe

Consular Protection for EU Citizins

EFTA Court

ACA-Europe
   (Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Juristrictions of the EU)

EC Legal Advisory Board (LAB; 1994-2000)

European Equality Law Network
   (European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination)

Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the EU

Treaties and Agreements

Legislation

Overview on EU Law

• Access to European Union Law (EUR-Lex):
   - Legislation ; Preparatory Acts ; Directories
   - Summaries of EU Legislation (former SCADplus-Database)
   - Official Journal of the European Union
   - Introduction of the European Legislation Identifier (ELI)

The Decision-Making Process of the Council:
   - The Ordinary Legislative Procedure ; Infograph
   - Special Legislative Procedures
   - Monthly Summaries of Council Acts (since 1999)
   - Council Minutes (since 1999)
   - Guide to the ordinary legislative procedure (2016)

• The European Parliament's co-legislation under the treaty of Lisbon:
   Codecision and Conciliation:  (guide; 2014)

European Forum of Official Gazettes
   (Access to legislation, legal notices and other official announcements)

Monitoring of the application of EU law (annual reports)

The Evolution of European Union Legislation (interactive presentation: until 2011)

Couples in Europe (law for couples in 27 EU countries)

• Implementaion of EU Laws into National Law:
   - N-Lex: Database with access to legislation of the EU countries
   - IPEX (Interparliamentary EU information exchange):
     Database with access to parliamentary documents

Case law (European Court of Justice etc.)

• Legal matters: Search for a case ; Numerical access

• Database InfoCuria (Searchform)

• Reports of cases (2007-2011 in the EU Bookshop)

• Summaries of important judgements of the EU 2005-2011
   (prepared by the Legal Service of the European Commission)

European Case Law Identifier (ECLI):
   - Method of citing the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU on the basis of the ECLI

Reflets (Quick information on legal developments of European Union interest)

Les Juridictions des États membres de l’Union européenne: Structure et organisation (2009)

• Statistics of judicial activity in:
   - Annual Report

Press Releases

European Jusitice Scoreboard

• Case-law in the EU member countries:
   - National Case-Law (via EUR-Lex)
   - Member State Case Law (European e-Justice Portal)
   - European Judicial Atlas in civil matters (Competent courts and other authorities: new ; old)
   - Dec.Nat (Décisions nationales: The national case law regarding EU law incl
     reference to annotations and comments in books and articles)
   - JuriFast (Fast information system for case law):
     "preliminary files" and other national decisions on the interpretation
      of European Union law (decisions without reference)

Publications: Reports, Documents, Journals

Publications

 • Focus on human rights (collection of publications 2016)

 • European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights:
   - Fundamental rights country studies
   - Opinions ; Publications

Documents Registry (EIGE)

 

Journals

 • EDC-Database: Journals and Periodicals

 • Online-Journals of the EU

Databases

 • EU-Databases: Laws and Procedures

 • EDC-Library: Laws and Procedures

 • Press releases database: Justice, fundamental rights

 • EDZ-ArchiDok: Law, public administration, politics

 • Competition cases search tool (antitrust, cartels, merger, state aid)

 • Antitrust Cases 1964-1998

 • EFTA Surveillance Authority implementation status database
   (implementation of directives found in Annex to the EEA Agreement)

 • EU Bookshop: Law and Justice (German- and English publications)

 • PublicAccess.eu - Pilot project (new ways to access EU Law)

Statistics

 • EU-Legislation
    (EUR-Lex: Number of acts adopted in the month/year, by language version and form)

 • Application Programming Interface for EU Legislation (machine-readable meta data)

Speeches, Press Releases, News Feeds (RSS)

Speeches

 • European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security:
   Reding (2010-2014) ; Vitorino (1999-2004)

 

Press releases

 • Press releases database: Justice, fundamental rights

 • European Commission, GD Justice and Consumers

 • European Commission, GD Justice, Freedom and Security: Reding (2010-2014)

 • European Commission, Legal Service

 • European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust)

 • Europol

 • European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

 • European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

 

News Feeds (RSS)

 • EU Newsroom: Institutional Affairs ; Justice and citizens rights

 • European Court of Justice and Court of First Instance

 • European e-Justice Portal

 • Eurojust (European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit)

 • European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

 • EUROPOL

 • European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

 • EFTA Court

EU Programmes

 • European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers:
   - e‑CODEX (e‑Justice-Communication via Online Data Exchange)
   - Justice Programmes
   - Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020
   - Justice Programmes 2007–2013

 

 

Other Internet Resources

 • Acedemy of European Law Trier (ERA)

 • Council of Europe (European Treaties)

 • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

 • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

 • World Law Guide

 • Legislationline (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE)

 • Schengen Visa Info