The FORMER chief justice of Slovakia's Constitutional Court, Ján Mazák, became an advocate general at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on October 7. His term in office will last until October 6, 2012.
The ECJ has eight advocates general, with the five largest members of the European Union - France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain - holding permanent posts. The remaining three posts rotate among the other EU member states in alphabetical order. The terms of four advocates general came to an end on October 6, 2006.
According to TASR, the main aim of the ECJ, made up of 25 judges and 8 advocates general, is to examine the legality of EU legislation and to ensure that it is interpreted and applied in a uniform manner.
Born in 1954, Mazak graduated from the Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. He later returned to his alma mater as a professor of civil law but also worked as the director of the Institute of European Law at the same university. He has also served as deputy justice minister and from 2000-2006 as the chief justice of Slovakia's Constitutional Court.