Lecture: The Dynamics of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: When Horizontality meets Substance

Prof. Dr. Xavier Groussot
University of Lund (Sweden)

Date: 7.5.2024, 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Room L621, 6th floor | Faculty of Law | Sigmund Freud University | Lassallestraße 3, 1020 Vienna


The EU Charter will become binding for fifteen years in December 2024. Many publications (often in the form of edited books) that relate to its ten years birthday in 2019 pointed out that the application of the EUCFR could be better (‘mention peut mieux faire’): particularly these publications often underlined that its application could be more substantive and less procedural. The EU Charter is often praised for its ‘procedural strength’ encapsulated in the application of Article 47 EUCFR by the CJEU? Can we say that the most recent evolution in the case law of the CJEU points towards the same conclusion soon after fifteen years of application? And what are the most interesting developments in substantive fields such as digitalization, social rights or climate change? This presentation presents the most recent evolution of the central doctrines related to the application of the EU Charter such as the doctrine of horizontal direct effect, the ‘essence test’ or the doctrine of balancing and proportionality.


Please register until 6.5.2024: konrad.lachmayer@jus.sfu.ac.at


Xavier Groussot is professor of EU law at Lund University and guest professor at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), University of Bologna, University of Reykjavik and ELTE (Budapest) University. He is also former pro Dean of the faculty of law. His fields of research relates to constitutional law, economic law, procedural law and legal theory.