Xavier Lewis


This Article will examine the problem of the standing of private litigants by putting the action for annulment in its context. It will describe briefly how the Treaty of Rome set up a complex system in which the acts of the EC Institutions could be reviewed, a task that is shared between the European Courts and the courts of the Member States. It will also describe briefly the different correctives introduced by the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance to the system as initially envisaged. It will be seen that a good deal of flexibility has been introduced into the position of private litigants.