An Exercise in Effectiveness?

Posted: 21 Oct 2009

Date Written: November 20, 2006


The effectiveness of EC law is a celebrated and highly prestigious notion. Yet recently the effectiveness concept has taken new routes with considerable constitutional dimensions in sight. This paper tries to analyse what such a novel trend means- and could mean for the phenomenon of European criminal law at both the EC- and EU level; by conceptualizing effectiveness in the context of, in particular, art 5 (1) EC and the principle of attributed competences.

Keywords: EC law, European criminal law, Competence, effectiveness, legitimacy

Suggested Citation

Herlin-Karnell, Ester, An Exercise in Effectiveness? (November 20, 2006). European Business Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 5, 2007. Available at SSRN:

Ester Herlin-Karnell (Contact Author)

Uppsala University ( email )

Box 513
Uppsala, 751 20

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