The archives of the Court of Justice were opened in the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) at the European University Institute in December 2015. The Court of Justice in the Archives Project builds on the recent interesting historical and sociological turns in EU law and Court of Justice-focused scholarship, with the aim of bringing these archives to life.

The archive consists of dossiers de procédure for every case decided by the Court of Justice. They are released with a 30-year time limit and each consists of hundreds, sometimes thousands of pages of court material which have never before been accessible to researchers.

Through analysis of a selection of cases this project will demonstrate how and why the archives of the Court of Justice are worthy of the attention of a wide range of scholars from linked disciplines.

We invite you to read about the lawyers, sociologists, historians and archivists involved in this project and to learn more about why and how we plan to research the correspondence, legal opinions, testimonies, interim decisions and various pieces of evidence that the archive holds.

Click on the photos and documents that you will find on this website to learn more and follow us as we investigate the Court of Justice in the archives…


This webinar, organised by EU Law Live in collaboration with members of the ‘Court of Justice in the Archives’ project team, brings together leading experts to focus on different aspects of EU legal history and looks at new approaches to analysing and understanding EU Law through archival analysis. To participate to the webinar, register here.

  • Master Class, June 2019
  • Discussion Seminar with Morten Rasmussen, October 2019
  • Discussion Seminar with Antoine Vauchez, January 2020
  • Workshop, February 2020



Pictures of the Court of Justice in session in the early 1970s. From left to right in the first picture: AG Joseph Gand, AG Karl Roemer, Judge Walter Strauss, Judge Andreas Matthias Donner, Judge Riccardo Monaco and President of the Court Robert Lecourt. © European Communities 1970 / © European Communities 1973, Photo Jean-Louis Debaize