The Past and Future of EU Law: The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty

The Past and Future of EU Law: The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty


Edited by Miguel Maduro, Edited by Loic Azoulai, Contributions by Julio Baquero Cruz, Contributions by Nicolas Bernard, Contributions by Brun-Otto Bryde, Contributions by Carlos Closa Montero, Contributions by Pedro Cruz Villalón, Contributions by David A.O. Edward, Contributions by Nial Fennelly, Contributions by Christophe Hillion


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  • Publisher: Hart Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 526 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 28mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 184113712X
  • ISBN 13: 9781841137124
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 632,264

Product description

This book revisits, in a new light, some of the classic cases which constitute the foundations of the EU legal order and is timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty establishing a European Economic Community. Its broader purpose, however, is to discuss the future of the EU legal order by examining, from a variety of different perspectives, the most important judgments of the ECJ which established the foundations of the EU legal order. The tone is neither necessarily celebratory nor critical, but relies on the viewpoint of the distinguished line-up of contributors - drawn from among former and current members of the Court (the view from within), scholars from other disciplines or lawyers from other legal orders (the view from outside), and two different generations of EU legal scholars (the classics revisit the classics and a view from the future). Each of these groups will provide a different perspective on the same set of selected judgments. In each short essay, questions such as 'what would have EU law been without this judgment of the Court? what factors might have influenced it?; did the judgment create expectations which were not fully fulfilled?' and so on, are posed and answered. The result is a profound, wide-ranging and fresh examination of the 'founding cases' of EU law.

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Author information

Miguel Poiares Maduro is Professor and Director of the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. Loic Azoulai is a former Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the EC, and is currently Professor of Public Law at the University of Pantheon-Assas (Paris-II).

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I cannot think of another book that presents and explains the foundational judgments of the Court in such a clear and lively excellently presented precis of current and past mainstream doctrinal thought. Gareth Davies European Law Review Volume 37, 2012 ... an authoritative work in the bibliography on landmark decisions of the Court of Justice ... this volume contains contributions that involve essential methodological issues for any solid research in the field of EU law. Mihai Banu Revista Romana de drept European No 3, 2011 This is one of those books that has an undeniably magical side to it, despite the fact that the law should obviously be an austere discipline. [The book] give[s] life to an 'ideal interpretation' of the European Court of Justice's most important decisions and which, from a variety of points of view, enable[s] the reader to establish an informed opinion on the basis of a balanced calculation of past events. Michel Theys Agence Europe: Bulletin Quotedien Europe 27th April 2010 This collection is an enjoyable read. Marc Jacob European Law Books Website October 2010

Table of contents

Preface: Joseph Weiler Introduction: Miguel Poiares Maduro and Loic Azoulai Van Gend & Loos Pierre Pescatore Bruno de Witte Daniel Halberstam Franz Mayer Costa/ENEL and Simmenthal Nial Fennelly Ingolf Pernice Stephen Breyer Carlo Santulli Internationale Handesgeselschaft and Nold Jose Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues Takis Tridimas Brun O. Bryde Mattias Kumm ERT and Wachauf Francis Jacobs Damien Chalmers Rubio Llorente Zdenek Kuhn CILFIT and Foto Frost David Edward Paul Craig Alec Stone Daniel Sarmiento ERTA and Open Skies and Opinion ECHR Jean-Pierre Puissochet Piet Eeckhout Robert Post Christophe Hillion Defrenne Eleanor Sharpston Denys Simon Elaine Vogel-Polsky Siofra O'Leary Les Verts vs Parliament Koen Lenaerts Jean Paul Jacque Neil Walker Edoardo Chiti Martinez Sala and Baumbast Christiaan Timmermans Jo Shaw Carlos Closa Augustin Menendez Francovich Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer Francis Snyder Roger van den Bergh Julio Baquero Dassonville and Cassis de Dijon Allan Rosas Kamiel Mortelmans (Alan Dashwood) Kalypso Nicolaides Nicolas Bernard Bosman Marko Ilesic Stephen Weatherill Petros Mavroidis