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Strategic litigation is a judicial procedure initiated in an individual case with the purpose of triggering broader socio-political change. It is a form of legal mobilization and a way to exert influence over policies. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has for a long time remained off the radars of strategic litigators in Europe. In the last decade, however, the CJEU has been adjudicating more regularly on politically salient and socially divisive issues, such as environmental policies, human rights or migration.

Event details of Strategic litigation in the European Union
Start date 16 January 2023
End date 17 January 2023
Time 14:00

This workshop brings together activist lawyers, scholars, and journalists with the objective to map the potentials and pitfalls of strategic litigation using EU law. Speakers will focus on environmental, human rights, and access to documents litigation and discuss the factors affecting the decision to pursue strategic litigation, as opposed to other forms of activism, and to pursue strategic litigation before the CJEU specifically, as opposed to other courts and bodies. 

*Please note: registration for online participation is for the keynote speech on January 16th only*

Preliminary programme and more information to follow soon 


  • Pola Cebulak, Assistant Professor in European Law at the European Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam.  
  • Marta Morvillo, Assistant Professor in European Legal and Economic Governance at the Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam. 
  • Stefan Salomon, Assistant Professor of European Law at the European Studies Department at the University of Amsterdam. 


Het Trippenhuis (Hosted by KNAW).