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The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

A Commentary

Editor(s): Steve Peers, Tamara Hervey, Jeff Kenner, Angela Ward
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Published: 26-03-2014
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 1936
ISBN: 9781849463089
Imprint: Hart/Beck
Dimensions: 244 x 169 mm
RRP: £295.00
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About The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union enshrines the key political, social and economic rights of EU citizens and residents in EU law. In its present form it was approved in 2000 by the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission. However its legal status remained uncertain until the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in December 2009. The Charter obliges the EU to act and legislate consistently with the Charter, and enables the EU's courts to strike down EU legislation which contravenes it. The Charter applies to EU Member States when they are implementing EU law but does not extend the competences of the EU beyond the competences given to it in the treaties. This Commentary on the Charter, the first in English, written by experts from several EU Member States, provides an authoritative but succinct statement of how the Charter impacts upon EU, domestic and international law. Following the conventional article-by-article approach, each commentator offers an expert view of how each article is either already being interpreted in the courts, or is likely to be interpreted. Each commentary is referenced to the case law and is augmented with extensive references to further reading. Six cross-cutting introductory chapters explain the Charter's institutional anchorage, its relationship to the Fundamental Rights Agency, its interaction with other parts of international human rights law, the enforcement mechanisms, extraterritorial scope, and the all-important 'Explanations'.


“...this most thorough commentary must be regarded as the Bible on the Charter and it seems set to retain that status for some time, despite the relentless flow of new judgments, orders and A.G.s' Opinions which appear on the Court's website almost every week. Accordingly, it is a must for any lawyer with an interest in the subject.” –  Peter Oliver, Common Market Law Review

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