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Dolores Utrilla
6th October 2021
External Relations & Trade Human Rights Institutional law

Criteria on procedure and legal bases to conclude the Istanbul Convention clarified by the Court of Justice

The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice has handed down its Opinion in Avis 1/19, on the procedure and EU legal bases to conclude part of the Istanbul Convention. As previously explained in this Insight by Dolores Utrilla and in this Op-Ed by Merijn Chamon, This case raises major issues of procedure in the conclusion of mixed agreements, as well as relevant matters on legal bases and the participation of Member States subject to specific derogations under Protocol 21 (Ireland and Denmark).

In today’s Opinion, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice ruled that the Treaties do not prohibit the Council from waiting, before adopting the decision concluding the Istanbul Convention on behalf of the EU, for the ‘common accord’ of the


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