LEGSA Conference: Application of State aid law in national courts

On July 4th 2013, LEGSA will hold a conference at Leiden University on the application of State aid law in national courts.

The European rules on State aid are becoming ever more important in legal practice. At the same time, national judges in EU Member States are increasingly asked to apply these rules in national proceedings. A basic knowledge of State aid law and some of the challenges for national judges is thus an essential part of any judge’s toolkit. For this reason, experts in the field of State aid law from the Leiden Expert Group on State aid (Leiden University) will organize the conference 'Application of State aid law in national courts'.

The conference forms part of a European Commission-funded project, which is carried out by the Leiden Expert Group on State Aid (LEGSA) at Leiden University in close cooperation with the University of Salzburg and Riga Graduate School of Law. The project serves to train national judges in the application of European State aid law.

The conference will address the specific role played by national judges in the implementation of State aid law, as well as the possible legal problems that may arise in national legal proceedings. There will be keynote addresses by Conor Quigley QC (Serle Court), Prof. Arjen Meij (former Judge at the General Court of the European Union) and Dr. Martin Köhler (Judge at the Austrian Administrative Court in Vienna). There will also be panel discussions by Kelyn Bacon (Brick Court Chambers), Humbert Drabbe (former Director, DG Competition, European Commission), Prof. Dr. Günter Herzig (University of Salzburg), Dr. Birgit Haslinger (Johannes Kepler University Linz), Thomas Jestaedt (Jones Day) and Ruud Winter (Judge and former president of the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal). The participants from different EU Member States will discuss best practices and elaborate on first attempts to arrive at national law which is better tailored to State aid law.

  • Attention will be paid to the following topics:

  • Qualifying State aid. Getting the facts straight

  • Hard and soft law. Making sense of Commission guidance

  • The fluid relationship between national courts and the European Commission

  • Other hurdles for private enforcement of State aid

Judges, apprentice judges and the legal staff of the judges’ offices or of national courts, prosecutors, academics, representatives of member state authorities, officials of European institutions and private legal practitioners with an interest in State aid law are very welcome to attend the conference.

More information

The organizing committee consists of Paul Adriaanse, Alke Metselaar, Stefan Pack, Willemien den Ouden and Tom Ottervanger. Please visit the conference website for more information and registration.

Last Modified: 24-06-2013