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Seminar in law

On Beers, Wines, and Spirits: EU Law and the Free Movement of Alcoholic Goods

The Department of Law invites you to Linnaeus Law Talks.

The seminar will be opened with welcoming remarks from Sandra Rohdin, Head of the Department of Law.


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Prof. Graham Butler (B.A., LL.M., Ph.D.) is Professor of Law at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark; and Guest professor at the Department of Law, Linnaeus University.

Seminar Leader and Commentator: Cristina Trenta, Professor in Public Law,  at the Department of Law at Linnaeus University.

The seminar will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

The seminar will be conducted in English.


The free movement of goods is the first freedom that is contained within the EU Treaties. Through that text and its subsequent interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the right for how goods may be manufactured, marketed, imported, exported, purchased, sold, owned, and consumed in the EU is now better understood. Yet there are still individual goods markets within the overall internal market where there are still many individual Member State restrictions in place that hamper the effectives of the fundamental market freedoms.

A prime example of this are national laws relating to alcoholic goods, which are not always in compliance with EU law. The internal market is meant to operate for the benefit of the states, peoples, and economic operators. Thus, the right of goods to move across borders and the competing right of Member States to impose restrictions on certain goods are often in conflict with one another.

How are these competing interests reconciled with one another given the applicable EU Law? This question is put forth in this research seminar, when various aspects can be explored in the midst of the salient national context.