The Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) is an organisation founded in the year 2000. Its membership comprises:
• National associations, representing administrative judges from Member States of the European Union and the Council of Europe
• Individual members, being administrative judges from those countries in which such associations do not exist.
The basis of the association lies in different
initiatives, followed by a meeting in October 1998 at the Academy of European
Law (ERA) in Trier, which was devoted to comparative studies on the
respective characteristics of administrative in the respective member states of
the EU. Finally a draft in which the foundations and aims of the future
European Association of Administrative Judges was agreed on. The aim to
encourage the legal protection of the individual against public violence as
well as the lawfulness of administrative actions and thus to contribute to a
coming together of Europe in freedom and justice was agreed upon. In April 1999
draft statutes for AEAJ were completed.
On 25th March 2000, the representatives of
Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Italy and Austria founded the
Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) as an international apex organisation according to German law.
The Association is based in the
European Academy of Law,
D-54295 Trier, Metzer Alle 4.
Currently, national associations of administrative judges from 19 European countries have joined the Association of European Administrative Judges. In addition, there are individual members from 15 more European countries.
The General Assembly decides whether new members can be accepted.
Principally, membership is
open to national associations of administrative judges, representing the
interests of administrative judges, from all countries which are member
of the Council of Europe.
If an association in the
above sense does not exist in a member State, AEAJ is open to judges
associations as such as well as to individual membership of administrative
An administrative judge in this sense is, regardless of their respective job title, the person, who in independent judicial function is appointed to the guaranty of lawfulness of administrative actions and to the control of legality.
It is also possible to be
granted the status as observer under certain conditions, inter alia for
academics working in the field of administrative law.
In the assembly every member has got a vote; if several members come from the same country, then this country has one vote and the members of the respective country have to come to an agreement about which way it will vote.
According to the statutes the General Assembly is responsible for all
matters which are not assigned to the Board. The Board basically deals with the
as laid out in the Statutes
The Association of European
Administrative Judges pursues the following 5 objectives, as laid out in
article 1 of its Statute.
· to advance legal
redress for individuals vis-à-vis public authority in Europe and to
promote the legality of administrative acts, thereby helping Europe to grow
together in freedom and justice,
· to respect the
legal cultures in the various Member States of the European Union and the
Council of Europe on the way towards attaining this objective,
· to help broaden
the knowledge of legal redress in administrative matters among administrative
judges in Europe, and for this purpose, to have an intensive exchange
of information on pertinent legislation and case law,
· to strengthen the
position of administrative judges in Europe which is growing together, and
· to promote
the professional interests of administrative judges at national and
The 3 Main functions of AEAJ: Translating Objectives into action
1) Networking and
experience exchange via 4 Working Groups established in 2006 on four thematic
areas (asylum-immigration, environmental law, independence-efficiency and
taxation) that have structured AEAJ cooperation.
2) Strengthens and
supports the rule of law and judicial independence,
3) Identifies common problems and trends and
proposes solutions by publishing studies, opinions etc.
AEAJ in a
nutshell, is an ambassador of structured cooperation among judges and a
trustworthy interlocutor in a globalised judicial arena that promotes judicial
dialogue, assists in the convergence of national practices and ultimately
aspires to strengthen the Rule of Law both at the national and European level.
fulfils its role according to CCJE opinion No. 23 (2020).
Currently the following associations are members of AEAJ:
- Verein der Richterinnen und Richter des Verwaltungsgerichtshofes
- Vereinigung der Finanzrichterinnen und Finanzrichter
- Vereinigung der Richter/innen des Bundesverwaltungsgerichtes
- Association of Judges of Specialized Courts of the Republic of Azerbaijan
- Association of Bulgarian Administrative Judges
- Estonian Association of Judges
- Syndicat de la Juridiction Administrative (SJA)
- Union Syndicale des Magistrats Administratifs (USMA)
- Bund Deutscher Verwaltungsrichter und Verwaltungsrichterinnen (BDVR)
- Association of Greek Administrative Judges
- Magyar Közigazgatasi Birak Egyesülete (Hungarian Association of Administrative Judges)
- Associazione nazionale dei Magistrati Amministrativi (ANMA)
- Association for Administrative Judges
- Association of Judges, Division of Judges of the Aministrative Courts of Lithuania
- ALMA Association Luxembourgeoise des Magistrats Administratifs
- Association of Judges of the Administrative and Tax Jurisdiction
- National Association of Slovakian Administrative Judges
- Slovenian Association of Administrative Judges
- Sveriges Domareförbund - The Swedish Association of Judges
- Turkish Association of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV); please see all the reports and statements on "situation in Turkey"
situation in Turkey
- Ukrainian Association of Administrative Judges
In addition, there are individual members from 15 more European countries:
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom