The worlds of European constitutionalism

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Publication Date 2012
ISBN 978-0-521-19285-9 (hbk); 978-0-521-17775-7 (pbk)
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The idea of the EU as a constitutional order has recently taken on renewed life, as the Court of Justice declared the primacy of EU law not just over national constitutions but also over the international legal order, including the UN Charter.

This book explores the nature and character of EU legal and political authority, and the complex analytical and normative questions which the notion of European constitutionalism raises, in both the EU's internal and its external relations. The book culminates in a dialogical epilogue in which the authors' arguments are questioned and challenged by the editor, providing a unique and stimulating approach to the subject.

By bringing together leading constitutional theorists of the European Union, this book offers a sharp, challenging and engaging discussion for students and researchers alike.


Introduction - Gráinne de Búrca and J. H. H. Weiler
Prologue: global and pluralist constitutionalism - some doubts - J. H. H. Weiler
1. The European Union as an international legal experiment - Bruno de Witte
2. The place of European law - Neil Walker
3. The ECJ and the international legal order: a re-evaluation - Gráinne de Búrca
4. Local, global and plural constitutionalism: Europe meets the world - Daniel Halberstam
5. The case for pluralism in postnational law - Nico Krisch
Dialogical epilogue - J. H. H. Weiler

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