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Find cases: Court of Justice

This guide suggests where to look for Irish and European cases


Established in 1952, the Court of Justice (CJEU) in Luxembourg ensures "EU law is interpreted and applied in the same way in every EU country; ensuring countries and EU institutions abide by EU law" (Europa 2016). The Court settles disputes between national governments and EU institutions; it can also be used by individuals, companies or organisations to take action against EU institutions. It also reviews and has the power to annul EU acts. (Europa 2016)

The Court comprises the Court of Justice, the General Court, and the EU Civil Service Tribunal (Europa 2016

CURIA database and EUR-LEX

The CURIA database is freely available online and provides access to the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • Search by party name(s) | case number | keyword

EUR-LEX also provides access to case law of the Court of Justice. Go to EU law and related documents > EU case law. Search for judgments and orders, opinions of the Advocates General, judicial information and third-party proceedings.

Citing European cases

From the OSCOLA Ireland website: See chapter 2.2.2 of the OSCOLA Ireland guide (2nd ed.) for rules on citing judgments of the European Court of Justice and General Court (Pg. 21)

Alternatively, see chapter 2.6.2 of the OSCOLA guide (4th ed.) (Pg. 21) available on the Oscola UK website.

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