A Constitutional Order of States? Essays in EU Law in Honour of Alan Dashwood

A CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER OF STATES? ESSAYS IN EU LAW IN HONOUR OF ALAN DASHWOOD, Anthony Arnull, Catherine Barnard, Michael Dougan & Eleanor Spaventa, eds., Hart Publishing, March 2011

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 31

17 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2011  

Anthony Arnull

University of Birmingham

Catherine Barnard

University of Cambridge - Trinity College

Michael Dougan

University of Liverpool - Law School

Eleanor Spaventa

Law School, Durham University; Durham European Law Institute

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

This collection celebrates the career of Professor Alan Dashwood, a leading member of the generation of British academics who organised, explained and analysed what we now call European Union law for the benefit of lawyers trained in the common law tradition. It takes as its starting point Professor Dashwood's vivid description of the European Union as a 'constitutional order of states'. He intended that phrase to capture the unique character of the Union. On the one hand, it is a supranational order characterised by its own distinctive institutional dynamics and an unprecedented level of cohesion among, and penetration into, the national legal systems. On the other hand, it remains an organisation of derived powers, the Member States retaining their character as sovereign entities under international law. This theme permeates both the constitutional and the substantive law of the Union. Contributors to the collection include members of the judiciary and distinguished practitioners, officials and academics. They consider the foundations, strengths, implications and shortcomings of this conceptual framework in various fields of EU law and policy.

Keywords: European Union, EU law, EU constitutional law, EU substantive law, EU external relations law

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Arnull, Anthony and Barnard, Catherine and Dougan, Michael and Spaventa, Eleanor, A Constitutional Order of States? Essays in EU Law in Honour of Alan Dashwood (March 1, 2011). A CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER OF STATES? ESSAYS IN EU LAW IN HONOUR OF ALAN DASHWOOD, Anthony Arnull, Catherine Barnard, Michael Dougan & Eleanor Spaventa, eds., Hart Publishing, March 2011; University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1860174

Anthony Michael Arnull (Contact Author)

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Michael Dougan

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Eleanor Spaventa

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