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The National Courts' Mandate in the European Constitution

By: Monica Claes
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Published: 31-03-2006
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 818
ISBN: 9781847312181
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Modern Studies in European Law
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About The National Courts' Mandate in the European Constitution

The reform of the European Constitution continues to dominate news headlines and has provoked a massive debate, unprecedented in the history of EU law. Against this backdrop Monica Claes' book offers a "bottom up" view of how the Constitution might work, taking the viewpoint of the national courts as her starting point, and at the same time returning to fundamental principles in order to interrogate the myths of Community law. Adopting a broad, comparative approach, she analyses the basic doctrines of Community law from both national constitutional perspectives as well as the more usual European perspective. It is only by combining the perspectives of the EU and national constitutions, she argues, that a complete picture can be obtained, and a solid theoretical base (constitutional pluralism) developed. Her comparative analysis encompasses the law in France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom and in the course of her inquiry discusses a wide variety of prominent problems.

The book is structured around three main themes, coinciding with three periods in the development of the judicial dialogue between the ECJ and the national courts. The first focuses on the ordinary non-constitutional national courts and how they have successfully adapted to the mandates developed by the ECJ in Simmenthal and Francovich. The second examines the constitutional and other review courts and discusses the gradual transformation of the ECJ into a constitutional court, and its relationship to the national constitutional courts. The contrast is marked; these courts are not specifically empowered by the case law of the ECJ and have reacted quite differently to the message from Luxembourg, leaving them apparently on collision course with the ECJ in the areas of judicial Kompetenz Kompetenz and fundamental rights. The third theme reprises the first two and places them in the context of the current debate on the Constitution for Europe and the Convention, taking the perspective of the national courts as the starting point for a wide-ranging examination of EU's constitutional fundamentals. In so doing it argues that the new Constitution must accommodate the national perspective if it is to prove effective.

Table Of Contents

PART 1: The National Courts as Common Courts of European Law
1 Introduction
2 Before the West was Won: A Touch of Legal Archaeology
3 The Creation of a Community Mandate for National Courts
4 The Duty to Review National Law: the 'Simmenthal Mandate'
5 Refining the Mandate: Second Generation Issues
6 The 'Simmenthal Mandate' Embraced
7 About Legal Orders
8 The Constitutional Limits of the Judicial Function
9 Explaining Acceptance
10 Excursion: The 'Costanzo Mandate' of Administrative Authorities
11 The 'Francovich Mandate': Jurisdiction to Hold the State Liable for Breach of Community Law

PART 2: The Court of Justice and National Constitutional Jurisdictions: La Guerre des Juges?
12 Introduction
13 Introducing the Actors: 'Courts Having Constitutional Jurisdiction'
14 La Guerre des Juges?
15 Prior Review of the Constitutionality of Treaties
16 A Posteriori Constitutional Review of the Treaties
17 Preventive Constitutional Review of the Constitutionality of Secondary Law
18 Judicial Review of Secondary European Union Law by National Courts?

PART 3: The National Courts' Mandate and the Future of the European Union
19 Introduction
20 Towards a European Constitution
21 The Principle of Supremacy
22 Incorporation of the National Courts' Mandate?
23 Fundamental Rights
24 Kompetenz Kompetenz
25 Conclusion


“The greatest strength of this book its descriptive comprehensiveness which has been conducted in a way that has preserved both the transparency and coherence of the topics discussed...the quality of this book shall make it a mandatory point of reference to all students of European integration, especially to those who want to have a wide and deep insight into EU law, both at the same time.” –  Matej Avbelj, European Law Books

“…comprehensive and well-written…a valuable handbook in particular on the national courts view on European integration for the Member States examined. It constitutes a lasting contribution to European constitutional law, understood as a law that is shaped at the European and at the national level.” –  Franz Mayer, Common Market Law Review, Vol 44, No 2

“The title of this book would suggest that it is limited to discussing the matter in the framework of the constitutional treaty, but the author goes well beyond this.” –  July 2006, Bulletin Quotidien Europe, No 9229/695

“… Claes' book will remain a helpful and lasting repository for anyone studying the EU legal framework and looking for highly-informed perspectives on the experience of its institutinalization.” –  Emilian Kavalski, Law and Politics Book Review, Vol 16, no. 9

“So weit der Bogen ist, den das Werk spannt, ist es aufgrund seiner Maßgaben für die Fachgerichtsbarkeit doch von unmittelbarer Bedeutung für das Gemeinschaftsprivatrecht.” –  Professor Dr. Hanno Kube, Zeitschrift für Gemeinschaftsprivatrecht

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