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
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 11 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 judges.
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 Association's day-to-day-business.
In addition, there are individual members from 12 more European countries:
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Malte, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom