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Judging Europe’s Judges

The Legitimacy of the Case Law of the European Court of Justice

Editor(s): Maurice Adams, Henri de Waele, Johan Meeusen, Gert Straetmans
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Published: 16-10-2013
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 272
ISBN: 9781849463355
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Judging Europe’s Judges

After successive waves of EU enlargement, and pursuant to the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Court of Justice finds itself on the brink of a new era. Both the institution itself and the broader setting within which it operates have become more heterogeneous than ever before. The issues now arriving on its docket are also often of great complexity, covering an unprecedented number of fields. The aims of this volume are to study the impact of these developments, examine the legitimacy of the Court's output in this novel context and provide an appraisal of its overall performance. In doing so, specific attention is paid to its most recent case law on four topics: the general principles of EU law, external relations, the internal market and Union citizenship.

Featuring contributions by Maurice Adams, Henri de Waele, Johan Meeusen and Gert Straetmans, Koen Lenaerts, Ján Mazák and Martin Moser, Stephen Weatherill, Jukka Snell, Michael Dougan, Daniel Thym, Eileen Denza, Michal Bobek, and Joseph Weiler.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Judging Europe's Judges
Maurice Adams, Henri de Waele, Johan Meeusen and Gert Straetmans
1. The Court's Outer and Inner Selves: Exploring the External and Internal Legitimacy of the European Court of Justice
Koen Lenaerts
2. Adjudication by Reference to General Principles of EU Law: A Second Look at the Mangold Case Law
Ján Mazák and Martin Moser
3. The Court's Case Law on the Internal Market: 'A Circumloquacious Statement of the Result, Rather than a Reason for Arriving at It'?
Stephen Weatherill
4. The Legitimacy of Free Movement Case Law: Process and Substance
Jukka Snell
5. The Bubble that Burst: Exploring the Legitimacy of the Case Law on the Free Movement of Union Citizens
Michael Dougan
6. Towards 'Real' Citizenship? The Judicial Construction of Union Citizenship and its Limits
Daniel Thym
7. Placing the European Union in International Context: Legitimacy of the Case Law
Eileen Denza
8. Of Feasibility and Silent Elephants: The Legitimacy of the Court of Justice through the Eyes of National Courts
Michal Bobek
Epilogue: Judging the Judges – Apology and Critique
JHH Weiler


“... a fascinating volume that addresses the legitimacy of the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. It would be of particular interest to those working on the 'hard cases' recently decided by the CJEU, but also more generally to anyone interested in European law.” –  Michele Finck, EUtopia Law Blog

“...I can only wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in EU law and the more philosophical or political questions of its legitimacy. Again, particularly in these times of euroscepticism and the tabloids' war on the EU, this book fills an important gap and might provide Europhiles with some excellent arguments for their next chat with the sceptics.” –  Paul Gragl, European Law Blog

“In what way has the guiding role of the Court of Justice evolved in the European Union after the broadening of its eastern boundaries and the reforms brought about by the Lisbon Treaty? Has this guiding role been undermined? The nine studies published in this volume address this two-fold, ambitious question. (Translated from the original Italian.)” –  Mario Davino, Rivista Trimestrale di Diritto Pubblico 4/2014 (Oct-Dec)

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