The U.K. Supreme Committee of the European Union is to hear oral arguments in a landmark case that would give European Union countries the power to ban UV light.
The case, the High Court of Justice, has attracted attention from the likes of Google and Twitter.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a member of the EU’s executive board, has said he is confident the case will be decided in favor of the U.L.G.E.
The case is being brought by two U.M. students and their mother, a Dutch woman who is suing her U.C.L.’s College of Arts and Sciences over its decision to ban the use of UV light to study and perform work.
The High Court is expected to rule on the issue in the next few weeks.
The ULC is one of two universities in the U-K that have adopted UV light bans in recent years.
The High Courts case concerns the use by U.U. of UV radiation emitted by power plants during the day and UV light emitted by homes during the night.
The ban is seen as an infringement of European Union law, but is backed by some legal experts in the United States and Europe who say it is an effective way to protect the health of people living near power plants and homes.
The court case is also being closely watched by other European nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg.ULC President Paul Raup said in a statement that he hoped the High Courts decision would set a legal precedent for the rest of the world.
“The decision today will set an important precedent in Europe for other EU member states, which are also considering similar laws,” he said.
“This is a positive step in protecting our environment and our citizens from the dangers of the sun, and in the process will also be a great step forward in addressing the global warming crisis.”
A similar case was recently heard in the European Court of Human Rights, which upheld a U.O.S.-imposed ban on the use and sale of tanning beds, despite the European Commission’s contention that the ban infringed European law.
The U.G., a major trade bloc, has previously called for a ban on UV light from power plants to protect people from sunburn.
It argues that the European ban would infringe on its jurisdiction and could put U.E.’s businesses at a disadvantage, particularly in areas such as food processing, which is a large part of the economy of the 28-nation bloc.
The high court is expected next to rule if the High Council of Europe can approve a European-wide ban on all forms of tanishing.