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The Global Reach of EU Law

1st Edition

By Elaine Fahey


158 pages

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The EU strives to be a leading rule-making organisation with global reach in both economic and non-economic fields. But how should we understand the science behind this? This book focuses upon unpacking the uncertainty, the form and directions of the global reach of EU law, as a distinctive form of post-national rule-making. The work examines two central themes: the conceptual development of the global reach and effects of EU law; and the methodology of EU rule-making processes. It considers what specific impact and effects the EU’s rules are having, and its approach to global reach. The book studies the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) as a case of a non-economic field offering examples of ways and means in which the global reach of EU law can manifest itself in an evolving and sensitive field. Using this casestudy, the book develops a sharper focus upon the ‘internal’ and ‘external’ elements of EU law which make up our understanding of the global reach of EU law and develops further why global reach is important as a scientific phenomenon.

The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students in the areas of EU law, global governance and the study of law beyond the nation state.


'This is a thoughtful and careful rethink of how we conceive EU law to have global governance effects. It is both insightful and novel and offers a truly alternative theorisation on the global reach of EU law.'

Professor Laurent Pech, University of Middlesex, UK

'This book is a timely analysis of the impact and effects of EU rules outside EU territory. It helps us understand why the EU seems to be shifting its attention from its own Member States to the rest of the world and how it does so. It also clarifies why third states accept EU-made rules. The book is an absolute must-have for everyone studying the international and transnational normative and regulatory impact of the EU.'

Professor Ramses A. Wessel, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2.The Boundaries of the Global Reach of EU Law

3. The EU as an Actor in Rule-Making

4. External Norm Primacy and EU Law: AFSJ Directives in the Post-Lisbon Legislative Cyle

5. Tracing Transatlantic Rule-Transfer

6. The EU's Cybercrime and Cyber-Security Rule-Making

7. The EU's Participation in the Global Legal Order: Manifestations of Sovereignty

8. Conclusion

9. Index

About the Author

Elaine Fahey is Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean (International), The City Law School, City University London, UK.

About the Series

Studies in Modern Law and Policy

Studies in Modern Law and Policy
The series provides a forum for the discussion of new fields and new theoretical analyses of law. It seeks to publish research which is located at the interface of law and policy. It is devoted to the contextual analysis of law. Context is understood as meaning both the political and social context as well as the international context of law. Accordingly the series comprises international, European and comparative as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law. A special emphasis lies on socio-legal studies of general legal trends.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Jurisprudence