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ELI Administrative Law SIG Conference

On 7–8 June 2017, the ELI Administrative Law SIG Conference took place in Budapest, Hungary, implemented in cooperation with Andrássy University, ELTE University and the Hungarian Supreme Court of Justice (Kúria). Additionally, this Conference was kindly supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.  

On the first day, twelve panelists gave their presentations dealing with different aspects in the field. The first session was dedicated to ‘Generalia and Fundamentalia’, explicating the significance of Roman Law, the growing autonomy of administrative procedural law in Hungary and the impact of EU administrative law on Member States. The second session dealt with ‘The Right to Good Administration’. The speakers focused on fundamental principles and rights in administrative procedural law, the legal consequences for judges of a breach of Article 41 as well as on the obligation of the administration to give reasons for its decisions and recent Italian case-law. The third session drew attention on ‘Administration in Action’, covering topics such as the recognition and enforcement of foreign administrative acts, the power of independent networks and administrative transparency through access to documents and data in Italy. Finally, the last session included presentations regarding the topic of ‘Environment and Migration,’ such as the review of EU soil management legislation, the application of the European Convention on Human Rights by Greek judges and the relevance of Public International Law in the management of migrants.  

All in all, the Conference offered the Members of the Administrative Law SIG a chance to catch up on the SIG’s foci, partly set at the September 2016 Annual Conference in Ferrara, Italy, while demonstrating how diverse the field of administrative law is. Besides the presenters, ELI Fellows alongside interested professionals and students attended the Conference and actively contributed by discussing the individual topics.  

The evening was topped off by a warm reception at the Austrian Ambassador’ s, H. E. Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer’s, residence. As a former law student herself, the Ambassador understands the importance of lawyers and their role in maintaining order, and therefore expressed an affinity for the SIG’s work. While enjoying a barbecue, participants were given the chance to continue their discussions, converse with one another and speak with Ambassador H. E. Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer in person.  

On 8 June, the ELI Administrative Law Conference continued its optional programme. Participants were invited to visit the Kúria, which included a guided tour providing a detailed historical overview of the building and its former judges. This was followed by an opportunity to meet and pose questions to President, Dr. Péter Darák. Participants were greatly interested in the power of the Supreme Court, the differences e.g. in comparison to the Austrian system and the prospective impact of digitalisation in regards to Court proceedings in the Kuriá.  

Please look out for a more detailed report featured in the upcoming newsletter.