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Eleventh Europa Lecture: Tamara Ćapeta on the role of Advocates General

On 8 June, the Europa Institute’s annual Europa Lecture took place at the Telders Auditorium of the Academy Building. Honorary speaker was Tamara Ćapeta, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Her lecture explored the role of Advocates General at the Court of Justice in its 70 years of existence, providing the public with her own invaluable insights as a member of that Court.

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Tamara Ćapeta was appointed as the first Croatian Advocate General in 2021. Prior to that she was professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb. She played a key role in the establishment of the Department of European Law and was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Croatia’s first English-language journal on EU law and policy.

In her lecture, Tamara Ćapeta shed light on some lesser-known aspects of the Advocates General’s role. She highlighted the 'special relationship' between Advocates General and academia, which fosters intellectual debate and contributes to the development of EU law. She emphasised the pivotal role that Advocates General play in assisting the Court’s judges, even though Advocates General themselves may differ on how to best fulfil this role. Concluding her lecture, Tamara Ćapeta called for further research into the role of Advocates General, since ultimately the law is shaped by its interpreters.

First held in 2013, the Europa Lecture is an annual lecture organised by the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School. It provides leading thinkers, scholars and politicians with a platform to share their views on questions of European integration with the academic community and wider public. More information about the Europa Lectures.

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