The Application of EU Law in the EU's Overseas Regions, Countries, and Territories after the Entry into Force of the Treaty of Lisbon
20(3) Michigan State International Law Review, 2012, pp.669-743
76 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2012 Last revised: 28 May 2016
Date Written: February 23, 2012
Several of the EU Member States possess overseas territories lying thousands of kilometres away from Brussels. The application of EU law in such areas can very much differ from the way how this law functions on the European continent. Focusing on the detailed analysis of all the main exceptional statuses enjoyed by the overseas territories of the Member States vis-à-vis the European Union, this article provides an essential outline of the procedural and substantive aspects of the application of European law overseas, drawing on the examples provided by application of European law to the British, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Portuguese and Spanish special territories. Profoundly updating an earlier article which appeared in this Journal before the entry of the Treaty of Lisbon into force and a deep reform of the Dutch and French overseas (Vol. 17, 2008–2009), this contribution contains a brief overview of the key aspects of the field of EU law of the Overseas.
Keywords: EU Law, European Union, Overseas, Overseas territories, ultraperipheral regions, outermost regions, associated countries, overseas territories, territory, Hansen, Eman, Aruba, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guiana, Polynesia, Greenland, Bonaire, Curacao
JEL Classification: K19, K33
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