Precedents and Case-Based Reasoning in the European Court of Justice

Precedents and Case-Based Reasoning in the European Court of Justice : Unfinished Business

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Past cases are the European Court of Justice's most prominent tool in making and justifying the rulings and decisions which affect the everyday lives of more than half a billion people. Marc Jacob's detailed analysis of the use of precedents and case-based reasoning in the Court uses methods such as doctrinal scholarship, empirical research, institutional analysis, comparative law and legal theory in order to unravel and critique the how and why of the Court's precedent technique. In doing so, he moves the wider debate beyond received 'common law' versus 'civil law' figments and 'Eurosceptic' versus 'Euromantic' battle lines, and also provides a useful blueprint for assessing and comparing the case law practices of other dispute resolution more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 6 b/w illus.
  • 1139899325
  • 9781139899321

About Marc A. Jacob

Marc Jacob is a member of the international arbitration group of a leading international law firm, where he advises and represents sovereign and corporate entities in investment treaty disputes and cross-border commercial arbitrations. He is also a lecturer at the University of Tubingen, more

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Setting precedents: law made in Luxembourg; 3. Determining the essence of ECJ precedents; 4. Precedent application by the ECJ; 5. Avoiding ECJ precedents I: distinguishing; 6. Avoiding ECJ precedents II: departing; 7. ECJ precedents in context; 8. The normativity of ECJ precedents; 9. Conclusions and more

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'... provides a valuable and highly approachable exposition of the normativity of precedent (stare decisis) from both civil and common law perspectives to non-domestic international and EU law ones.' Suvi Sankari, Common Market Law Review '[This book] presents a differentiated and multifaceted picture of the way in which the European Court approaches the question of precedent. Referring to, distinguishing, and overruling precedent are depicted as diverse and multifunctional techniques of legal reasoning. ... Marc Jacob has written a highly insightful study, which will be of interest for anyone interested in precedent within the context of the European Union and beyond.' Mehrdad Payandeh, International Journal of Constitutional Law '... provide[s] important insights into the use of precedents in the case law of international arbitral tribunals and the European Court of Justice.' Niels Petersen, European Journal of International Lawshow more