Where complex questions of EU and international law meet, often intertwined with political and policy considerations, this book aims to access, navigate and coherently present a set of text, cases and materials on EU external relations law. Three guiding perspectives have been adopted to structure the material: 1. the EU as a single international actor as it relates to the project of European integration; 2. EU external relations as driven forward by geopolitical and socio-economic stimuli, and 3. law as the thread and fabric embedding and reflecting those realities. Serving both as an in-depth reference work for academics and practitioners, this approach will also allow students to progressively 'construct' the big picture of EU external relations law rather than simply providing them with knowledge of the field.Read more
- Major new book on EU external relations law written for students
- Key text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and also an ideal reference for academics and practitioners of European law
- Includes chapter objectives and summaries, easily navigable structure with brief sections and text boxes to guide students through the functioning of legal principles and to emphasise key concepts
- Employing three guiding perspectives, the authors allow students to progressively 'construct' the big picture of EU external relations law, rather than simply absorb information on the field
Reviews & endorsements
"Van Vooren and Wessel [have written] an exceptional book. The selection of material as well as its presentation is of very high quality, making it an ideal point of reference and, at the same time, a very handy teaching tool. Without a doubt, this volume will become a classic, a real must-have for academics and practitioners dealing with external relations of the European Union."
Adam Lazowski, University of WestminsterSee more reviews
"Another excellent EU Law essential from Cambridge University Press. At a time when the EU as an external actor is increasingly under scrutiny, here is a scholarly and innovative treatment of EU external relations law. Van Vooren and Wessel's contextual - and very readable - approach, accompanied by in depth legal analysis, renders this text indispensable for EU law teachers and advanced level EU law students."
Carole Lyons, Robert Gordon University
"This latest textbook contributing to the field of EU external relations law is unique in that it is the first such book in the post-Treaty of Lisbon environment to take a wide-angled look on as many aspects of the growing area as it continues to develop within the legal parameters as set by the Treaties, and it is suitably placed to become the core text for teaching this expanding EU policy field … Not only is this textbook a very welcome and long overdue addition to the field of scholarly work, it also has the potential to become, de-facto, the core textbook in this area for time to come."
Graham Butler, Romanian Journal of European Affairs
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- Date Published: June 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107684300
- length: 618 pages
- dimensions: 245 x 188 x 27 mm
- weight: 1.31kg
- contains: 3 b/w illus. 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The European Union as a global legal actor
2. Instruments of EU external action
3. Existence of EU external competence
4. Nature of EU external competence
5. Scope and choice of EU external competence
6. The duty of cooperation
7. EU law and international law
8. The EU and international institutions
9. Common commercial policy
10. EU development policy
11. Common foreign and security policy
12. Common security and defence policy
13. The external dimension of the internal energy market
14. The external dimension of the area of freedom, security and justice
15. EU and its neighbours.
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