General Court: New Judges Appointed
On 13 January 2022, the Court of Justice of the EU held a formal sitting on the occasion of the entry into office of three new Judges of the General Court of the EU: Mr Damjan Kukovec, Ms Suzanne Kingston, and Mr Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos.
Mr Kukovec started his professional career as a lawyer at the Slovenian Court of Appeal, followed by positions at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Constitutional Court of Slovenia, and as a lawyer at the Court of Justice of the EU and for the Legal Service of the European Commission. He has also pursued an academic career, at the same time carrying out various teaching activities in EU law. He was appointed judge at the General Court for the period from 22 December 2021 to 31 August 2025.
Ms Kingston has practised law at the Bar of Ireland as a barrister and as senior counsel and also taught law as a professor at University College Dublin and at several other universities. She succeeds Mr Anthony Collins and was also appointed to the Court for the period from 22 December 2021 to 31 August 2025.
Mr Dimitrakopoulos succeeds Mr Dimitrios Gratsias as judge at the General Court of the EU for the period from 22 December 2021 to 31 August 2022. Before joining the Court, he served as assistant judge to the Greek Supreme Special Court and as Alternate Chairman of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency. Since 2010, he has also been professor at the Greek National School of Judicial Officers.