Jenkinson v Council of the European Union and another

European Union – Arbitration. Pursuant to the Court of Justice of the European Union's caselaw, the General Court could hear and determine only claims arising from a contract concluded with the EU which contained an arbitration clause entered into pursuant to art 272 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, or claims that were directly connected with the obligations arising from that contract. Accordingly, the Court of Justice held that the General Court's jurisdiction could extend to the applicant employee's previous employment contracts where the applicant's action contained claims arising under the final fixed-term contract containing the arbitration clause in issue or which were directly connected with the obligations arising from that contract. Accordingly, the Court of Justice allowed the applicant's appeal against the General Court's decision that it had manifestly lacked jurisdiction to rule on the applicant's principal heads of claim.

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