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The Changing Role of the Advocate General

Eleanor Sharpston

in Continuity and Change in EU Law

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219032
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191711862 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219032.003.0002
 The Changing Role of the Advocate General

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This chapter discusses the changing role of the Advocate General. Essentially, the Advocates' General contribution is, and remains, quasi-judicial. The Court does not deal with EU law in the abstract; it decides cases. The Advocates General helps it perform that job as effectively as possible. In so doing, they also help to place the Court's decision-making in a wider context. They can make use of the individual freedom that they enjoy to explore, to advise and to warn. Provided the role of the Advocate General is enabled to evolve sensibly, Advocates General are as relevant now as when the Court was founded.

Keywords: EU; Advocates General; Court of Justice

Chapter.  7731 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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