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The Legal Order of the European Union

The Institutional Role of the Court of Justice, 1st Edition

By Timothy Moorhead


162 pages

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The objective of European integration serves as an ideal of the legal order of the European Union and invites reconsideration of law’s conceptual features. This book critically assesses the legal order of the European Union, focusing on the operative aspects of the Union constitution with particular reference to the institutional practices of the Court of Justice in expressing the values underlying this constitution.

Drawing together positivist and non-positivist accounts within an institutional understanding of law, Timothy Moorhead breaks new ground in applying a range of analytic jurisprudential perspectives to the Union legal order, and in employing the theoretical resources provided by the Union to model a revised conceptual viewpoint concerning legal order generally. In offering this conceptual approach, Moorhead emphasises the flexibility inherent in law’s institutional character as the basis for a theoretical rationalisation of the Union legal order.

This book will be of great use and interest to scholars and students of European Union Law, Jurisprudence and European Constitutionalism.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives on Law and the Law of the European Union 3. Institutional Perspectives on the Legal order of the European Union 4. The Court of Justice 5. The Values of the European Union Legal Order: Constitutional Perspectives 6. Union or Member State Kompetenz Kompetenz: Constitutional Questions in the Relationship between Union and Domestic Orders 7. European Union Law as International law 8. Concluding Chapter

About the Author

Timothy Moorhead is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent. His research interests include: Analytic Jurisprudence, European Union Law. His publications include: ‘European Union Law as International Law’ (2012) 5, 1 European Journal of Legal Studies; and, ‘The Values of the European Union Legal Order: Constitutional Perspectives’ [2014], 1 European Journal of Law Reform.

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Routledge Research in EU Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Courts
LAW / Jurisprudence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative