In her address to the IIEA, Ms Banks demonstrates how EU law can affect national rules concerning the judiciary and the administration of justice at the national level. She discusses how EU law relies on the national justice systems to apply EU norms, giving the example of the European Arrest Warrant, which requires procedural and substantive safeguards. Finally, Ms Banks outlines how fundamental rights embedded in cross border legislation and can have profound implications for national judicial systems.
About the Speaker:
Karen Banks is Deputy Director General of the Legal Service of the European Commission. Prior to that, she was Director responsible for running the AGRI-FISH team of the Legal Service. She has also worked in the areas of competition law, social law, intellectual property and the external relations aspects of EU law. Karen took her first law degree in Dublin in 1978 (University College Dublin) and a Master’s Degree in 1982 at London University (the London School of Economics). She worked as a solicitor in general practice before joining the Commission.