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Advocacy in Europe: A View from the Bench in Luxembourg and Strasbourg


via Zoom


March 18 2021

Advocacy in Europe: A View from the Bench in Luxembourg and Strasbourg

This event will be held on Thursday 18 March 2021 at 5pm GMT / 6pm CET, via Zoom.

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How different are advocacy styles across Europe?  Which techniques are the most effective in courts where judges are presented with advocates bringing diverse approaches from different home jurisdictions?  Does either the procedure followed by the court in question or the type of action affect this?  Our panel will consider these issues and discuss their own experience of different forms of advocacy from the viewpoint of the bench in the Court of Justice, the General Court and the European Court of Human Rights.


Eleanor Sharpston QC served as an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union from 2006 to 2020, where she presented over 340 Opinions. She is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar of Ireland, a bencher of Middle Temple and an honorary bencher of King’s Inns, Dublin. In parallel, she has had a distinguished academic career, having lectured in EU law and comparative law, first at University College London and then, for many years, at the University of Cambridge, where she is now an emeritus fellow of King’s College. She is a visiting professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law and an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin. She is an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and of the British Academy; and holds honorary doctorates from Glasgow, Nottingham Trent, Stockholm and Edinburgh.

Judge Anthony M. Collins was appointed to the General Court of the European Union in 2013. He previously practised at the Bar of Ireland, specialising in administrative and EU law, and took silk in 2003. He worked as a référendaire at the Court of Justice from 1990 to 1997. He is currently a bencher of the King’s Inns, adjunct professor at University College Cork and a member of the board of directors of the Irish Centre for European Law.

Judge Tim Eicke was appointed to the European Court of Human Rights in 2016. Since October 2020 he has been vice-president of Section IV of the Court. A dual-British/German national, he studied law at the Universities of Passau and Dundee. Before taking up his current appointment, he was a barrister at Essex Court Chambers and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2011. Since 2014 he has been a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. While in practice, he regularly argued cases in the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights and acted both for claimants and governments. He was a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel and previously edited the European Human Rights Reports. He is a member of the American Society of International Law and since 2011 he has been a member of the Public International Law Advisory Panel of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.


Barbara Dohmann QC is a commercial silk whose practice has a particular focus on international arbitration. She has extensive judicial experience, both as an arbitrator and judge. She is a member of the LCIA and chair of the International Arbitration Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan. She was a Recorder from 1987 to 2001, a Deputy High Court Judge from 1994 to 2002, and a judge of the International Court in Qatar from 2007 to 2017. She has appeared before many foreign courts in commercial disputes and has given expert evidence on English law in multiple jurisdictions. Barbara was chair of the Commercial Bar Association from 1999 to 2001 and leader of the European Circuit from 2014 to 2016.



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