Synopses & Reviews
The European Union's legal order is traditionally seen as largely autonomous within the global legal system. At the same time, the EU is an important player in the global governance network and has revealed its dependence on international law and international normative processes. The strong and explicit link between the EU and a large number of other international organisations raises questions concerning the impact of decisions taken by those organisations and of international agreements concluded with those organisations on the autonomy of the EU legal order. While the relationship between international and EU law as such is a popular academic theme, the increasing influence of norms enacted by international organisations and more loosely structured bodies on the shaping of the EU and its legal order has never before been studied in a similar comprehensive fashion. In this book, prominent academics and leading practitioners explore a wide variety of legal issues pertaining to the influence of the most prominent universal and regional international organisations and bodies on the EU's legal order, its institutional design and operational experiences. As such, this book will be of much value to academics, policy makers, civil servants, lawyers and judges with an interest in the interaction of international law and EU law, as well as the relations between the European Union and other international organisations.
The European Union is traditionally seen as a new and partly separate legal order within the global legal system. At the same time, the EU is an important player in the global governance network. The strong and explicit link between the EU and a large number of other international organisations raises questions concerning the impact of decisions taken by those organisations and of international agreements concluded with those organisations (either by the EU itself or by its Member States) on the autonomy of the EU legal order. This book addresses the relationship between the EU and other international organisations by looking at the increasing influence of norms enacted by international organisations on the shaping of EU law.
About the Author
Ramses A. Wessel is Professor of the Law of the EU and other International Organisations at the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands and a member of the governing board of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER). Steven Blockmans, a former Head of Research at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, the Netherlands, is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the EU Foreign Policy Unit, Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium; Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium and a member of the governing board of CLEER.
Table of Contents
Between Autonomy and Dependence: The EU Legal Order Under the Influence of International Organisations − An Introduction.- The Autonomy of EU Law: More is Less? Norms Emanating from International Bodies and Their Role in the Legal Order of the European Union.- The Influence of International Organisations on the European Union: A Political Science Perspective.- The European Court of Justice and (Quasi-)Judicial Bodies of International Organisations.- The Impact of Council of Europe Standards on the European Union.- WTO Influence on EU Law: Too Close for Comfort? The Relationship Between International Monetary Fund Law and European Union Law − Influence, Impact, Effect, and Interaction.- The Influence of the World Intellectual Property Organization on the European Union.- The Influence of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the EU Legal Order.- The Influence of NATO on the Development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy.- The Influence of International Organisations on the EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A First Inquiry.- The Influence of International Organisations on the EU and its Legal Order: Between Autonomy and Dependence.