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Reframing EU Constitutionalism

Professor Neil Walker is Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh The intense if highly variable focus on constitutionalism in the Ruling the World collection is a reflection of significant changes in global legal relations with which we are only beginning to come to terms. Once upon a time constitutional law was part of a hegemonic pair of dominant legal frames for the Westphalian world. Constitutional law framed the legal authority of states - understood as mutually exclusive sites of sovereign power - while international law was engaged in the relentless and relentlessly precarious business of framing legal authority between states (who were in many respect in unequal or even imperial relations inter se).  The world has changed. States are very far from being marginal players, but they do not exert the comprehensive legal and political authority they once did. This poses a challenge to international law and constitutional law alike. For…

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The European Union and International Law under the Treaty of Lisbon

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of post on the Treaty of Lisbon. The first post in the series was by Laurent Pech and can be found here Now that Ireland has voted yes in a referendum earlier this month - remarkable how democracy swings! - the…

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The European Union’s Lisbon Treaty: Some thoughts on the “Irish Legal Guarantees”

Dr. Laurent Pech is Jean Monnet Lecturer in EU Public Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has recently been Emile Noel Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's EU Center of Excellence.  As is well-known, EU Treaties, to enter into force, must be ratified…

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Investment Treaties and EU law

Piet Eeckhout is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for European Law at King's College London. In two parallel decisions of March of this year (Case C-249/06 Commission v Sweden and Case C-205/06 Commission v…

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A House of Kadis? Recent Challenges to the UN Sanctions Regime and the Continuing Response to the ECJ Decision in Kadi

Devika Hovell is a DPhil Candidate in international law at the University of Oxford, and Associate Fellow  at Chatham House. She worked formerly as Director of the International Law Project and Lecturer in International Law at the University of New South Wales. Her doctoral thesis applies a procedural fairness framework to Security Council …

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