The life cycle of international agreements

Piet Eeckhout

in EU External Relations Law

Second edition

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606634
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729560 | DOI:

Series: Oxford European Union Law Library

The life cycle of international agreements

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This chapter examines the procedure for the EU's negotiation, conclusion, and termination of an international agreement. Although at face value this may seem like a terse and self-referential legal subject, it is shown that there are important constitutional and institutional issues beneath the procedural surface. The scope and depth of the EU's treaty-making practice are such that it has become a central instrument of law-making, often of a general normative or legislative character. Policy areas such as trade, development co-operation, and environmental protection are obvious examples of areas of EU activity where much law-making effectively takes place by way of participation in international negotiations. Examining the role of the various EU institutions (and of the Member States) in the negotiation and conclusion of international agreements therefore implies identifying important constitutional functions.

Keywords: EU institutions; international agreements; external action; treaty making; law-making

Chapter.  8816 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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