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The Worlds of European Constitutionalism

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Part of Contemporary European Politics

Gráinne de Búrca, J. H. H. Weiler, Bruno De Witte, Neil Walker, Daniel Halberstam, Nico Krisch
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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, both in the EU's internal and its external relations. The book culminates in an interactive 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.

    • Contains sophisticated analysis of the authority and character of the EU's legal and political order, addressing topical debates of current salience
    • Includes a novel 'dialogic epilogue' in which one of the editors engages all of the contributors in a critical conversation about the key ideas in their chapter
    • Brings together some of the leading constitutional theorists of the European Union in one collection of five in-depth chapters
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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139153522
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  • Table of Contents

    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
    Dialogic epilogue J. H. H. Weiler.

  • Editors

    Gráinne de Búrca, New York University
    Gráinne de Búrca is a Professor at Harvard Law School.

    J. H. H. Weiler, New York University
    J. H. H. Weiler is President of the European University Institute, Florence. He is a Professor at the National University of Singapore, having previously held a position at the New York University School of Law.


    Gráinne de Búrca, J. H. H. Weiler, Bruno De Witte, Neil Walker, Daniel Halberstam, Nico Krisch

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