Messianism, Mission or Realpolitik? Some Concluding Observations on the Union's Role in Shaping the International Legal Order

Forthcoming, in D. Kochenov and F. Amtenbrink (eds.), 'European Union's Shaping of the International Legal Order' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 03/2013

15 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2013 Last revised: 30 Jul 2013

Fabian Amtenbrink

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Law

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 5, 2013

Abstract

These are the conclusions to an edited volume compiled to test the feasibility of an active paradigm of the study of EU's engagements with the international legal order. The work aims at analysing how the EU shapes its environment and creates rules and practices for the world, reshaping – or at least attempting to reshape – international law. The book does more than simply visiting a range of essential fields of EU’s engagement. It offers an ethical perspective on the Union’s actions, shedding light on some underlying motivations, which are at times more complex than what the official documents would suggest. This collection advocates what we refer to as an ‘active paradigm’ of the study of the EU in the international legal context, approaching the Union as an active co-creator of the international legal order.

Keywords: EU, external relations, law, international relations, international law, values, export of aquis, raison d'etre, legitimacy

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K20, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Amtenbrink, Fabian and Kochenov, Dimitry, Messianism, Mission or Realpolitik? Some Concluding Observations on the Union's Role in Shaping the International Legal Order (March 5, 2013). Forthcoming, in D. Kochenov and F. Amtenbrink (eds.), 'European Union's Shaping of the International Legal Order' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) ; University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 03/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2229731

Fabian Amtenbrink (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Law ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
+31104081573 (Phone)

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

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