A developing role
The rising profile of the European courts led the UK Bar to launch the European Circuit, a body dedicated to the unification of the advocate's profession across the EU, in 2001. Circuit leader David Vaughan looks at its progress so far
UK barristers have long been used to dealing with matters beyond their shores. Some are experts in esoteric areas of international law. Others sit on international tribunals, be they private or public. Still more plead before such tribunals. In the past 25 years, one particular area of non-domestic work has come to the forefront of many barristers’ practices – that of European Union (EU) law both within and beyond England and Wales. It was this fact that led to the creation of the European Circuit in March 2001, the first such circuit to be created in over 100 years. The Circuit now has some 225 members from almost every country in the EU and many from countries which will accede in May 2004.
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