Book Review, Luis I. Gordillo, Interlocking Constitutions: Towards an Interordinal Theory of National, European and UN Law

Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 349-354, 2013

Helsinki Legal Studies Research Paper No. 28

6 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2013 Last revised: 27 Dec 2013

See all articles by Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça

Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) - Law School

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Interlocking Constitutions is a recent addition to the already voluminous scholarship on the fragmentation of international law. The book advances two claims: one descriptive and one normative.

Interlocking Constitutions is a ponderous book that documents exhaustively, from a doctrinal and case law standpoint, the degree of fragmentation in the relations between the European legal order(s) and the international one represented by the United Nations. At the same time, this description is not particularly new and will only be of interest for those readers wishing to have a comprehensive picture, particularly with regard to the historical details, of such legal fragmentation.

Unfortunately, the articulation of the book’s normative thesis, i.e. soft constitutionalism as the most adequate model to address interordinal constitutionalism, is rather unconvincing. This is because the author neither elaborates on the normative aspects of the theory of interordinal constitutionalism nor engages properly in normative reasoning. Since the descriptive claim, albeit solid, is fairly standard, the shortcomings of the normative argument effectively limit the contribution the book makes to existing scholarship on the fragmentation of international law.

Keywords: Transnational legal orders, Soft constitutionalism, EU law, United Nations

JEL Classification: K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Vilaça, Guilherme Vasconcelos, Book Review, Luis I. Gordillo, Interlocking Constitutions: Towards an Interordinal Theory of National, European and UN Law (2013). Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 349-354, 2013; Helsinki Legal Studies Research Paper No. 28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2340455

Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça (Contact Author)

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) - Law School ( email )

Río Hondo No.1
Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City
Mexico

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