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Legal Acts, Hierarchy, and Simplification

Paul Craig

in The Lisbon Treaty

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199595013
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595013.003.0007
Legal Acts, Hierarchy, and Simplification

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The Constitutional Treaty included reform of legal acts and created a hierarchy of norms. The Lisbon Treaty retained a hierarchy of legal acts, although the nomenclature was altered because it was felt by the European Council that the words ‘law’ and ‘lawmaking’ in the Constitutional Treaty should be excised on the ground that they carried ‘federal’ and ‘constitutional’ resonance. This chapter begins by considering the provisions in the Constitutional Treaty and the objectives that were sought to be achieved by reform of legal acts. This is followed by explication of the relevant provisions in the Lisbon Treaty. There is also in this chapter detailed evaluation of the categories of legal act in the Lisbon Treaty, with consideration being given to the political and legal dimension of these provisions.

Keywords: Constitutional Treaty; Lisbon Treaty; legal acts; hierarchy of norms; lawmaking

Chapter.  18319 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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