The EU as a Promoter of Values and the European Global Project

13 German Law Journal (2012)

22 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2012

Date Written: September 1, 2012


This paper looks at the wider constitutional question of the EU as a promoter of values in the context of global law. In doing so, the paper sets out to scan the normative framework for how to understand EU legal values in the global arena. The paper asks the difficult question about how meaningful it is to distinguish sharply between the different strands of constitutional pluralism in the global scale, and how those strands are related to the EU constitutionalization process. In addition, the paper examines two concrete areas by looking at security and the environment as representing two divergent fields with different approaches, with the EU as either a norm importer or a norm exporter. It will be argued that while protection of the environment offers legitimate application of EU externalities as part of the global common good, the security mission offers a more dangerous example of the EU as a norm importer. Moreover, the article explores to what extent these areas represent elements of global constitutionalism in the EU context.

Suggested Citation

Herlin-Karnell, Ester, The EU as a Promoter of Values and the European Global Project (September 1, 2012). 13 German Law Journal (2012). Available at SSRN:

Ester Herlin-Karnell (Contact Author)

Uppsala University ( email )

Box 513
Uppsala, 751 20

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