Nika Bačić Selanec and Davor Petrić, our executive editors, have written a comment on Internal Judicial Independence in the EU and Ghosts from the Socialist Past: Why the Court of Justice Should Not Follow AG Pikamäe in Hann Invest. The full text of their comment was just published in our ‘Online First’ edition.

In their comment, Nika Bačić Selanec and Davor Petrić discuss the preliminary reference and the Opinion of Advocate General Pikamäe in Joined Cases C-554/21, C-622/21 and C-727/21 Hann Invest, which is currently pending before the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice. In the preliminary reference – the first reference on the state of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary in Croatia – the referring national court questioned whether the Croatian mechanism for ensuring consistency of case law of second-instance national courts and the Supreme Court complies with Article 19(1) TEU. Unlike the AG, this comment argues it does not.

Click here to read the full text of the Editorial Comment.