Online-Lecture: The primacy of EU law over national law

“Rule of law contested – the Case of the Polish Constitutional Court”

Prof. Dr. Michael Reiterer: EU-Ambassador ret., Centre for Security, Diplomacy & Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance

Date: 12 February 2022

Time: 09:00-10:30 (CET) = 17:00 – 18:30 PM (JST)

Language: English

The Institute for Justice Systems in Comparative Law (IJSCL) Ritsumeikan University

Center for Peace Education and Research, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University


1 Introduction – the law-based integration model of the European Union
2 The jurisdiction of the Court is limited
3  The sovereignty issue
4  Primacy of EU law contested
5  What is at stake?
6  The heart of the EU – its values and principles
7  Conclusions
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Prof. Masahisa Deguchi (Ritsumeikan University)

Prof. Kimio Yakushiji (Ritsumeikan University)
Prof. Katsuhiro Shoji (Chuo University)
Prof. Koji Fukuda (Waseda University)
Prof. Takahiro Shinyo (Kwansei Gakuin University)



Distinguished Professor, EU-Ambassador ret., Centre for Security, Diplomacy & Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance.

Michael Reiterer held positions at the Missions of Austria to the European Union (1997–1998) and the GATT (1990–1992) and negotiated in the GATT Uruguay Round. He was co-chair trade of the OECD Joint Experts Group of trade and environment experts. He served on the GATT Panel Split-run editions Canada-US. He was also Deputy Austrian Trade Commissioner to West Africa with seat in Abidjan/Côte d’Ivoire (1982–1985) and Japan (1985–1988); 1992–1997 he served as Deputy Director General for European Integration Policy of the Federal Economic Chamber of Austria; 1997/1998 he was a member of the European Social and Economic Committee.

Having joint the European foreign service in 1998 as Counselor for ASEM (1998–2002), he served as Minister/Deputy Head of the EC Delegation to Japan (2002–2006), EU-Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (2007–2011) and Principal Adviser to the Managing Director for the Asia Pacific of the European External Action Service (2012–2016). In February 2017 he was appointed Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, a position he held until his retirement in September 2020.

Having been appointed adjunct professor for international politics in 2005 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, he is now Distinguished Professor at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance, Free University of Brussels.


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