Judicial control: the CJEU and the future of Eurojust

Eurojust’s position is more than interesting: post-Lisbon it stands legally poised both for change and as the basis for possible reforms shifting the very foundations of criminal justice institutionalisation in Europe. In practice, its importance is ever-growing with case-loads hitting record levels, expectations as to its role subtly changing. We are witnessing it inching its way from being a ‘mere’ service body to a potential powerhouse. There can be no better moment to consider Eurojust’s framework and any changes which may be necessary as a result. Undoubtedly the European tradition ascribes a special role to courts in controlling the work of criminal justice institutions. This paper explores the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereinafter CJEU, including the Court of Justice “CJ” and the General Court “GC”) and its potential to perform such a role in relation to Eurojust.

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