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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 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.

AEAJ Objectives 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 European level.
The 3 Main functions of AEAJ: Translating Objectives into action
AEAJ offers
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.  
AEAJ fully 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
  • Verwaltungsrichter-Vereinigung   


  • Association of Judges of Specialized Courts of the Republic of Azerbaijan


  • Association of Bulgarian Administrative Judges


  • Estonian Association of Judges


  • Suomen tuomariliitto ry  


  • 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