This project seeks to understand how the characteristics and preferences of private parties and their representation in preliminary reference cases affect the decision-making in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Quantitative studies on the CJEU have largely focused on how member states affect the Courts rulings and have largely neglected the role played by private parties. I seek to bridge this gap by analysing a new dataset consisting of all parties and their legal representation in preliminary reference cases from 1961 to 2018.
This study will shed light on the determinants of CJEUs rulings and how 'repeat actors' affect the Courts behaviour. At the same time, this study seeks to clarify if private actors, who have preferences closer to those of the CJEU, are more likely to gain favourable rulings. Lastly, this study will uncover what kind of private actors are involved in litigation as a means to push for European integration.