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The Rule of Law in the European Union

The Internal Dimension

By: Theodore Konstadinides
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Published: 23-01-2020
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 200
ISBN: 9781509935178
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Modern Studies in European Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About The Rule of Law in the European Union

This is a book about the internal dimension of the rule of law in the European Union (EU). The EU is a community based on law which adheres to and promotes a set of common values between the Member States. The preservation of these values (such as legality, legal certainty, prohibition of arbitrariness, respect for fundamental rights) is pivotal to the success of European integration and the well-being of the individuals within it. Yet, the EU rule of law suffers from an imposter syndrome and has been the subject of criticism: ie that it is only part of the EU agenda in order to legitimise sweeping new powers and policies, and that it plays little or no role in promoting a culture of compliance for either deviant EU Institutions or for Member States. This book will examine whether the EU rule of law deserves those criticisms. It will offer an analytical guide to the EU rule of law by conceptualising it and locating it within the sources of EU law. It will then ask whether the EU is based on the rule of law - a question which is answered in the affirmative, but one which has to be considered in the context of compliance and the overall effectiveness of the EU enforcement acquis. It is argued that while the EU means well in its aim to preserve unity in an increasingly diversified Europe, the extent to which it can pave the way to a better world (based on a transnational rule of law concept akin to good governance and improvement of citizens' lives) is dependent on the commitment of all European integration stakeholders to the EU project.

Table Of Contents

I. Contents of the Book

Part I: Design
1. Foundations of the EU Rule of Law
I. The EU as a System where Laws are Applied and Enforced
II. Arguments Against the EU Rule of Law
III. The Rule of Law as a Stretch Concept
2. Conceptualising the EU Rule of Law
I. Introduction
II. The Rule of Law, Not the Rule of Man
III. The Rule of Law, Not the Rule of One State
IV. Conclusion
3. Locating the EU Rule of Law
I. Introduction
II. Express Commitment to the Rule of Law in EU Primary Law
III. Implied Commitment to the Rule of Law in EU Constitutional Principles
IV. Conclusion

Part II: Enforcement 4. Holding EU Institutions to the Rule of Law
I. Introduction
II. Judicial Review of EU Acts as a Means of Individual Protection
III. Judicial Protection before EU Courts
IV. Judicial Protection before National Courts
V. Review of EU Law by National Courts
VI. Conclusion
5. Holding Member States to the Rule of Law
I. Introduction
II. Coining the Term 'Rule-of-Law Crises'
III. Three Rule-of-Law Crises
IV. Rule-of-Law Enforcement Mechanisms in the Treaty
V. Conclusion


“The rule of law within the EU is a work in progress which is under strain. Anyone interested in that work in progress (or, indeed, examining or resolving those strains) would be well served by reading Konstadinides' contribution to the debate.” –  Jack Williams, Monckton Chambers, European Human Rights Law Review

“The topic is extremely relevant, and the volume is a formidable doctrinal contribution to the ongoing discourse.” –  András Jakab, University of Salzburg, European Law Review

“The book constitutes a fundamental doctrinal input to the dialectic exercise surrounding the RoL debates … the book delivers the aims promised with thorough research and opens promising new doors for an ongoing debate.” –  Santiago Wortman Jofre, Queen Mary University of London, Public Law

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