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The Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe

The Critical Legal Studies Perspective on the Role of the Courts in the European Union

Editor(s): Tamara Perišin, Siniša Rodin
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Published: 08-02-2018
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 256
ISBN: 9781509907250
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £65.00
 

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About The Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe

It is generally understood that EU law as interpreted by the ECJ has not merely reconstituted the national legal matrix at the supranational level, but has also transformed Europe and shaken the well-established, often formalist, ways of thinking about law in the Member States. This innovative new study seeks to examine such a narrative through the lens of the American critical legal studies (CLS) perspective.

The introduction explains how the editors understand CLS and why its methodology is relevant in the European context. Part II examines whether and how judges embed policy choices or even ideologies in their decisions, and how to detect them. Part III assesses how the ECJ acts to ensure the legitimacy of its decisions, whether it resists implementing political ideologies, what the ideology of European integration is, and how the selection of judges influences these issues. Part IV uses the critical perspective to examine some substantive parts of EU law, rules on internal and external movement, and the European arrest warrant. It seeks to determine whether the role of the ECJ has really been transformative and whether that transformation is reversible. Part V considers the role of academics in shaping the narratives of EU integration.

Table Of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe: The European Critical Legal Studies Perspective
Siniša Rodin and Tamara Perišin
Part II: Adjudication and the Transformation of Law and Society
2. On Textualist and Purposivist Interpretation (Challenges and Problems)
Pierre Schlag
3. Proportionality and 'Deference' in Contemporary Constitutional Thought
Duncan Kennedy
Part III: The Role of the ECJ in the Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe
4. Discovering the Law of the EU: The European Court of Justice and the Comparative Law Method
Koen Lenaerts
5. Ideology and Legal Reasoning at the European Court of Justice
Tamara Capeta
6. Judicial Appointments, Judicial Independence and the European High Courts
Mitchel de S-O-l'E Lasser
Part IV: Substantive Law of the EU and the Transformation of Europe
7. Transformation or Reconstitution of National Regulatory Policies at the EU Level: Insiders and Outsiders under Free Movement Rules
Tamara Perišin
8. Useful Effect of the Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant
Siniša Rodin
Part V: Academic Discourse and the Transformation of Europe
9. Reflections on European Legal Formalism
Pieter-Augustijn Van Malleghem
10. Legal Scholarship and External Critique in EU Law
Daniela Caruso and Fernanda Nicola

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