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The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

Edited by Catherine Barnard

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696206 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226221.001.0001

Series: Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law

The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

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With the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty in French and Dutch referenda, the European Union received a severe blow. This precipitated a period of reflection and soul searching. How far should the fundamental principles that shape the Union be re-assessed in the light of the Constitutional debate? Can the Constitutional Treaty be rescued from failure? If not, what other options for constitutional reform are available? Does the Treaty's rejection signal the failure of the Union's goal of democratic governance? The chapters in this volume examine the impact of the debate surrounding the future of the European Constitution on the development of core areas of EU law and policy. Opening with a discussion of the shifting conceptions of European democracy, the volume proceeds to look at key areas of substantive law against the backdrop of the Constitutional Treaty, from foreign relations to fundamental rights, social policy to justice and home affairs. The book concludes with an examination of potential solutions to the constitutional crisis, and models for future constitutional reform.

Keywords: France; referenda; European Constitution; European democracy; foreign relations; rights; social policy; justice; home affairs; Constitutional Treaty

Book.  328 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: EU Law

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Introduction in The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

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European Democracy Between Two Ages in The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

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Respecting Fundamental Rights in the New Union in The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

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