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)
15 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2013 Last revised: 30 Jul 2013
Date Written: March 5, 2013
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
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