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Constructing a Supranational Constitution

Alec Stone Sweet

in Governing with Judges

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297710
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297718.003.0006
Constructing a Supranational Constitution

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The sources and consequences of constructing a supranational constitution in Europe are traced. The relationship between private litigants, national judges, and the European Court of Justice has been central to this process. Thus, the ECJ fashioned a judicially enforceable constitution out of international treaty law—a unique achievement that is shown to have fundamentally transformed the European polity in the process in a multitude of ways.

Keywords: Doctrine of governmental liability; Doctrine of indirect effect; Doctrine of supremacy; European Court of Justice; Supranational governance

Chapter.  17228 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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