Westminster Talks is proud to continue the series with an inaugural lecture by Adam Lazowski from Westminster Law School.

In a series of very controversial judgments the Court of Justice, in a rather inventive fashion, interpreted EU legislation on the rights of air passengers in case of delays and flight cancellations. In all certainty, it is neither the first nor the last time that the judges in Luxembourg employed the teleological method of interpretation to a legal act of the Union. This time, arguably, the Court of Justice did so in order to win both the hearts and minds of EU citizens who - more than ever before - travel by air within and outside of the European Union. By the same token, the judges in Luxembourg failed to win the hearts and minds of airlines, for which the interpretation provided by the Court translates into additional expenditure and nuisance at the times of economic crisis, fierce competition and pursuit of efficiencies in the overcrowded skies.

Arguably, in these judgments the Court once again acted as if it wished to say: consilium habemus et agere debemus. We have a plan to develop the European demos, and we are implementing it. At the same time, however, the Court gambled with its own legitimacy and gave powerful arguments to those who claim that the role of judges is to interpret law, not to be law-makers.

Dr Adam Łazowski is Professor of EU Law at the Westminster Law School. He obtained a Master’s Degree in 1999 and a PhD in 2001 from the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw. Between 1999 and 2003, he lectured at the University of Warsaw. During the next two years, he worked as a senior researcher in European law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute (The Hague). Adam’s scientific interests include the law of the European Union as well as public international law. His research has so far led to a number of books, articles, contributions to edited volumes, and conference papers. In 2003, his monograph on non-judicial remedies in EU law received first prize in a nationwide competition for the best book on EU law organised in Poland by the Foundation for the Promotion of European Law.

Over the past years Adam has delivered guest lectures at many Universities around Europe; this includes, inter alia, University of Sussex, University of Surrey, University of Leicester, University of Warsaw (Poland), University of Tartu (Estonia), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), European Law Academy (ERA) in Trier (Germany), European Institute of Public Administration (Luxembourg), University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Luxembourg, and University of Rotterdam (the Netherlands). On 27 November 2012 Professor Łazowski gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Select Committee; the Committee conducted an enquiry into EU enlargements and, as part of the process, obtained evidence from noted academics and policy makers.

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