Law professor Nuno Piçarra appointed to EU Court of Justice

The government has appointed Nuno Piçarra to the Portuguese Judge’s seat at the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and is due to begin his six-year term on 7 October, the Justice Ministry said today.

Nuno José Cardoso da Silva Piçarra holds a PhD in Law from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he teaches courses related to European Law, and is a member of the board of directors of the Fundamental Rights Agency. European Union, says the MJ.

According to his curriculum, he served in various European institutions, including the CJEU, as a legal linguist and a reviewing lawyer (between 1986 and 1990), in the General Court of the European Union, as assistant to the Portuguese member (between 1990 and 1996) (JHA) of the Council of the European Union and the Central Group of the permanent structure of the Schengen Agreements as the representative of the Portuguese Government (between 1996 and 1999).

“His professional career has focused on the academic field, having been a teacher at several Portuguese and foreign university institutions since 1979,” explains the ministry led by Francisca Van Dunem.

Another 13 judges appointed by the Member States also take up their duties in the CJEU in October.

The CJEU is the institution that interprets European law to ensure that it is applied in the same way in all EU countries and deliberates on legal disputes between national governments and European institutions.

In certain circumstances, individuals, companies or organizations who consider that their rights have been violated by a European institution may also use the CJEU.

The ECJ is divided into two jurisdictions: the Court of Justice, which deals with requests for preliminary rulings from national courts, as well as certain actions for annulment and appeals, and the General Court, with jurisdiction for actions for annulment brought by individuals, businesses and, in certain cases, national governments.

“In practice, this means that this court essentially deals with competition law, state aid, trade, agriculture and registered trademarks,” explains MJ.

Judges and Advocates-General are appointed by the governments of the EU countries for renewable periods of six years.

In each of the jurisdictions, judges choose a President who is vested in the position for a renewable term of three years.

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