The Evolution of EU Law

The Evolution of EU Law


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The European Union has undergone major changes in the last decade, including Treaty reform, and a significant expansion of activity in foreign and security policy, and justice and home affairs. In the first edition of this influential textbook, a team of leading lawyers and political scientists reflected upon the important developments in their chosen area over the time since the EC was formed. This new edition continues this analysis ten years on. Taking into account the social and political background, and without losing sight of the changes that came before, in each chapter the contributors analyze the principle themes and assess the legal and political forces that have shaped its development. Each author addresses a specific topic, event, or theme, from the European Court of Justice to Treaty reform; the enlargement of the EU to administrative law; the effect of EU law on culture to climate change. Together the chapters tell the story of the rapid development of EU law - its past, present, and future.

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  • Hardback | 984 pages
  • 180 x 252 x 58mm | 1,800.75g
  • Oxford University Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0199592977
  • 9780199592975

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Professor Paul Craig, FBA, QC, has taught at Oxford since 1976. He has written extensively about EU Law, including EU Law, Text Cases and Materials, written with Grainne de Burca, EU Administrative Law, and The Lisbon Treaty. Grainne de Burca is Professor at Harvard Law School. She was Professor of Law at Fordham Law School from 2006-2009, Professor of EU Law at the European University Institute from 1998-2005, and Fellow and Lecturer in law at Oxford University from 1990-1998. Her books include EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials, (currently in its 4th edition and co-written with Paul Craig); Law and New Governance in the European Union and the United States, co-edited with Joanne Scott, and EU Law and the Welfare State.

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...the contents of those chapters whose subject-matter and author(s) have remained from the first edition have undergone substantial change. All pieces are very readable, up to date and copiously referenced. Stefan Enchelmaier, European Law Review This book aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution of EU law over the past decade, in order to give the reader a clearer understanding of the broader picture of EU legal development. Jane Ferrier, The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Review from previous edition This is a serious, comprehensive exploration of the understanding of EU law as it has developed. Edward Kirke, Liverpool John Moores University This volume, like many books of its kind, poses more questions than it has answers for, but the answers it suggests are crucial, seminal and riveting to anyone interested in why a nation or a corporate body has a constitution. ... the editors have done a masterly job in weaving together crucial research and opinion on such issues as comitology, delegated agencies, tertiary structures in general and the enumeration and control of them. The heavy intellectualism of this book should not obscure the luminosity of its arguments, which, after all, remain easy to understand. Michael L Nash, Contemporary Review, December 1999 Page 322 excellent collection of strong and thought-provoking extremely accessible account of the story of EU law. T.K. Hervey, University of Nottingham, European Public Law

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