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EU Foreign Relations Law

Constitutional Fundamentals

Editor(s): Marise Cremona, Bruno de Witte
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Published: 25-07-2008
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 328
ISBN: 9781841137575
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Essays in European Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £59.99
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About EU Foreign Relations Law

This book reappraises the constitutional fundamentals of EU foreign relations law. The essays in the book examine and reassess the basic principles of EU foreign relations law that have emerged over 50 years of incremental Treaty-based and judicial development and explore the particular character of the EU's "external constitution". They have been written against a background of change and debate: the deliberation over the character of the appropriate constitutional framework which has surrounded the drafting of the Constitutional and Reform Treaties, the increasingly cross-pillar nature of much EU external action, and renewed interest in the accountability of foreign relations policy and practice to democratic and judicial review within and without the EU. This collection will be of interest not only to EU foreign relations law specialists but also to those concerned with broader constitutional issues within EU law. In exploring the legal context in which the EU seeks to develop an international identity, and to structure and execute policies at the international level, the collection will also interest those working in international relations.

Table Of Contents

I EU Foreign Relations: Law and Constitution

1. Too much constitutional law in the European Union's Foreign Relations?
Bruno de Witte

II Foreign Relations Law in a Multi-Pillar Era

2. Much Ado About Pluto? The 'Unity of the European Union Legal Order' Revisited
Christoph Herrmann

3. The Law and Practice of CFSP Joint Actions
Alan Dashwood

4. Restraining External Competences of EU Member States under CFSP
Christophe Hillion and Ramses Wessell

III The EU and its Member States

5. Defending the Community Interest: the Duties of Cooperation and Compliance
Marise Cremona

6. Legal Basis and Delimitation of Competence in EU External Relations
Panos Koutrakos

IV Executive Accountability

7. Parliamentary Involvement in European International Relations
Daniel Thym

8. Fundamental What? The Difficult Relationship between Foreign Policy and Fundamental Rights
Eleanor Spaventa

V EU Foreign Relations, Human Rights and International Law

9. The Journey Towards All that is Good and Beautiful: Human Rights and 'Common Values' as Guiding Principles of EU Foreign Relations Law
Päivi Leino

10. Effects of International Agreements in the EU Legal Order
Christine Kaddous


“ indispensable background for any thorough study of an area of EU law that has emerged over 50 years of Treaty-based and judicial development. It exemplifies the cross-pillar legal complexities by providing many concrete examples based on recent case law. It is a book that can be highly recommended to EU law specialists, as well as to lawyers and academics who want to contribute to the ongoing debate about the constitutional issues of EU foreign relations.” –  Angelos M. Syrigos, Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 19 No.1

“L'examen des dispositions statutaries est complete par des analyses minutieuses de la pratique internationale mettant en evidence la singularité de l'ordre juridique européen dans ses rapports avec le droit international.” –  K.Z., Annuaire Francais de Droit International

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