“Every lawyer in the EU Member States, every judge in the courts of the different Member States may rely and should even rely on it when the Charter comes into play because of the applicability of European Union law.”
In this interview, Adam Bodnar, Assistant Professor at Warsaw University and Head of Legal Division of the Helsinki Foundation in Poland, discusses with Karolina Rokicka, Head of European Public Law at the Academy of European Law (ERA), the relevance of the Charter of Fundamental Rights from a practical perspective as it applies to lawyers working within the EU. He argues that the Charter provides lawyers with an effective new tool in protecting the rights of clients. Relying on the recent jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, he provides several examples of the instances in which the Charter may apply ranging from criminal extradition issues to cross-border matrimonial disputes and even matters of agricultural law.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU in Practice
For information on what the Charter can do for the practitioner, please see this paper written by Israel Butler from the Open Society European Policy Institute.