In past decades the European Community and the European Union have concluded and become a party to a great number of bilateral and multilateral international agreements. In some cases the Community or the Union acts as the sole contracting party but in an increasing number of cases the Community acts as a joint contracting party alongside the Member States. The author analyses to what extent the Community and the Union apply or are bound by existing rules of international treaty law as embodied in the two Vienna Conventions and customary international law. His analysis is preceded by an extensive description of the Community and Union's external treaty-making powers. The study concludes with proposals regarding the manner in which the law of treaties should be amended in order to regulate more effectively the treaty relations of the European Community and the European Union, in particular in the case of mixed agreements.
• Provides a comprehensive comparative legal analysis of the European Community and European Union's external treaty-making practice • Complete Table of Cases • Includes a list of selected documents and an extensive bibliography, covering the Community practice from the 1960s up to the present
Preface; Abbreviations; General Introduction; Part I: 1. The EC's external treaty-making competence; 2. The EU's external treaty-making competence; Part II: 3. The EC and the EU and the international law of treaties; 4. Mixed agreements and the international law of treaties; 5. Treaty interpretation and dispute settlement; Final remarks and recommendations; Selected bibliography; Table of cases; Selected documents; Index.
' … an extremely interesting, well researched and written study. It is well structured, coherently argued and fills an important gap in the literature for those of us who consider a 'public international law' based analysis of the Community and Union to be as essential, if not more so, as the 'Community law' based ones to understanding its dynamics and role in the global environment.' Netherlands International Law Review