The year 2015 was characterized by some important development in the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) case law as a whole, and in particular the case law on fundamental rights, citizenship, institutional issues, protection of personal data, and social policy and rights issues. Noteworthy is that the ECJ finally issued its landmark and long-awaited judgment in the Maximillian Schrems case that led to the invalidation of the 'safe harbour' system, namely, one of the mechanisms in the last fifteen years for personal data transfers from the European Union to US entities having voluntary self-certified under the US safe harbour framework.
Francesco Seatzu, Ph.D. (Not.); Full Professor of International and EU Law, University of Cagliari, Italy.