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Tulane alum Forrester chosen for European Court of Justice

June 10, 2015


Tulane Law School alumnus Ian Forrester (MCL ’69), a White & Case senior partner in Brussels who advises some of the world’s largest companies on trade and intellectual property issues, has been nominated as a judge on the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Forrester would succeed the current United Kingdom judge on the General Court, one of three tribunals that make up the Court of Justice of the European Union. Each of the 28 member countries in the European Union can select its representative on the court, and they serve six-year terms.

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White & Case senior partner Ian Forrester (MCL ’69), shown here at a 2013 reception his firm hosted for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during Tulane Law School’s Paris summer program, has been tapped as the United Kingdom’s judge on the European Court of Justice.

Photo by Xavier Kompe Monthe 

The Court of Justice interprets EU law to ensure it is applied uniformly in each member country; settles legal disputes between EU governments and institutions; and presides over suits filed by individuals, companies or groups claiming an EU institution has violated their rights.

Forrester is one of Europe’s leading competition and trade lawyers and has represented multinationals such as the BBC, Canon, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, Pfizer, Toshiba, Toyota and Union Carbide in high-stakes cases. His clients also have included governmental authorities and private individuals.

And he leads White & Case’s global pro bono program and has handled human rights cases involving the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Forrester holds degrees from the University of Glasgow and also is admitted to practice England and Wales, Scotland and New York State. He earned his Masters in Civil Law from Tulane Law School, where he remains active in supporting the school as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. In 2013, Forrester hosted a reception for Tulane Law alumni and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was then teaching in Tulane’s Paris summer program.

(Note: This story was updated on 6/10/15 with information about a July 2 Paris reception.)


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