European and international law

European and International Law

Several of our lawyers are renowned experts in European Law. Their expertise extends across general institutional issues, legislation on the internal market and special matters of secondary European law.

In the field of international law, our main focus is on institutional matters and fundamental rights (and representation before the European Court of Human Rights), international economic and investment protection law, and the interface with domestic and European law.

Our areas of expertise

European law:

  • Institutional law
  • Fundamental freedoms and civil rights
  • Implementation and enforcement of EU law
  • European environmental, energy, financial market regulation, and foreign trade law

International law:

  • Institutional law
  • Protection of individuals
  • International economic and investment protection law

Experience

We represent private and public enterprises, associations, as well as the public sector, before the European Courts on a regular basis. Significant cases we have conducted – alongside State aid and antitrust cases – concerned the German notarial profession, emissions trading, customs and foreign trade law, data retention, as well as agricultural and environmental law.

References*

ECJ and EGC proceedings

  • Representation of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig‐Holstein in proceedings on the privacy protection responsability of operators of a Facebook page (case C‐210/16).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in proceedings on the extradition of a Union citizen to the USA (case C‐191/16).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in proceedings on the conformity with European law of domestic telecommunications data retention (cases C‐203/15, C‐698/15).
  • Representation of lignite enterprises in an action for annulment of the Committee decision on the German Renewable Energy Act of 2014 (case T‐750/15).
  • Representation of Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL) in proceedings on public rendition of protected works (case C‐117/15).
  • Representation of the Free State of Saxony in the “Waldschlösschen Bridge” proceedings (case C 399/14).
  • Representation of the Free State of Bavaria in proceedings on database protection for maps (case C‐490/14).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in an appeal procedure on certain limits in the Toy Safety Directive (case C‐360/14 P).
  • Representation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in proceedings on the registration of a helicopter (case T‐102/13).
  • Representation of several aluminium manufacturers on State aid procedures regarding the special equalisation scheme under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (case T‐263/14).
  • Representation of Vattenfall in EGC action proceedings on State aid procedures under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (case T‐260/14).
  • Representation of the Heide GmbH refinery in an EGC action on hardship provisions in emissions trading law (case T‐631/13).
  • Representation of the German Savings Bank association in a preliminary rulings procedure on the “colour mark red” (cases C‐ 217/13 and C‐218/13).
  • Representation of Eugen Ulmer publishing house in ECJ proceedings on “electronic reading points” under copyright aspects (case C‐117/13).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in the infringement proceedings on data retention (case C‐329/12).
  • Representation of Saria in EGC proceedings on contribution payments to Zweckverband Tierkörperbeseitigung in Rhineland‐Palatinate (case T‐309/12).
  • Representation of agricultural cooperatives in ECJ proceedings on direct payments and protection of legitimate expectations under EU agricultural law (case C‐545/11 – “Neuzelle”).
  • Representation of VG Wort in several ECJ and Federal Constitutional Court proceedings on a hardware levy and intellectual property (joined cases C‐457/11 to C‐460/11 – Hewlett Packard et al.).
  • Representation of MSD Sharp & Dohme in ECJ proceedings on patients' rights to information regarding prescription drugs (case C‐316/09).
  • Representation of Trianel in ECJ proceedings on the right of action of environmental associations (case C‐115/09 – “Trianel”).
  • Representation of the Federal Government and several Lands before the EGC and the ECJ on structural funds (among others cases T‐265/08, T‐114/10, T‐116/10, C‐549/12 P).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in the ECJ proceedings on the application of EC fundamental freedoms to notaries and on nationality requirements for notaries (case C‐54/08).
  • Representation of a chemical company on the validity of REACH rules (case C‐558/07).
  • Representation of an enterprise in an ECJ preliminary rulings procedure on public procurement in the health sector (case C‐300/07 – “Oymanns”).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in ECJ infringement proceedings on fees in EU agricultural legislation (case C‐270/07).
  • Representation of the parties concerned in ECJ proceedings on the electronic identification of individual animals (case C‐101/12).
  • Representation of Deutsche Telekom in several ECJ references for preliminary rulings on European telecommunications law (joined cases C‐152/07 to C‐154/07; case C‐262/06; case C‐55/06 – “Arcor”).
  • Representation of a media company in EGC actions on collaborative funding programmes (case T‐122/06).
  • Representation of companies on registration of Community trade marks before the EGC (e.g. case T‐441/05).
  • Representation of a company in an ECJ preliminary rulings procedure on the Brussels I Regulation (case C‐14/07 – “Weiss und Partner”).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in an EGC action filed by Switzerland on approach and departure routes to and from Zurich (EGC T‐319/05; ECJ case C‐547/10 P).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in various legal disputes before the EGC on emission trading (cases T‐374/04, T‐387/04).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in competition law actions before the EGC on the toll system (case T‐48/04).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in ECJ references for preliminary rulings on tax law and on the principle of tax neutrality (joined cases C‐453/02 and C‐462/02 – “Linneweber” et al.).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in various infringement proceedings of the EU Commission on customs and foreign trade law (cases C‐104/02, C‐105/02, amongst others).
  • Representation of energy suppliers in an action before the EGC and the ECJ on the reserves established by nuclear power station operators (cases T‐92/02 and C‐176/06 P).
  • Representation of the Federal Government and of Land governments in various ECJ preliminary rulings and infringement procedures on EU waste law, e.g. on the packaging ordinance (case C‐463/01 – “quotas for reusable packaging”), on mandatory deposits (case C‐309/03 – “Radlberger Spitz”), on “national variants” (case C‐6/03 – “Zweckverband Eiterköpfe”), and on waste shipment (case C‐228/00 – “Belgische Zementwerke”).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in a State aid action before the EGC on zonal border development and the ECSC Treaty (case T‐308/00).
  • Representation of an energy supplier in a ECJ reference for preliminary rulings procedure regarding EU conformity of the promotion of renewable energy (case C‐379/98 – “PreußenElektra”).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in proceedings on access to environmental information (cases C‐217/97 and C‐321/96).
  • Representation of the Federal Government in infringement proceedings on environmental impact assessment (cases C‐301/95 and C‐431/92 – “Großkrotzenburg”).
  • Representation of a fuel element manufacturer in an action for annulment under the Euratom Treaty (case C‐308/90).

With regard to our commitment to professional discretion, the list of references is restricted to representation cases published by the courts/that are public knowledge (section 43a (2) BRAO)

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