The Eurasian Economic Union: An EU-Like Legal Order in the Post-Soviet Space?

21 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2015

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Maksim Karliuk

National Research University Higher School of Economics - HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development; National Research University Higher School of Economics - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 23, 2015

Abstract

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an emerging regional organization of economic integration in the post-Soviet space. Following the limited success of previous integration attempts, it seeks to pursue deeper integration, borrowing features from the EU.

The EAEU possesses a complex system of elements of an emerging legal order, some of which have distinct similarities with the EU, but others are decisively different. This paper analyses these features in order to find whether the legal changes that accompany the creation of the new entity allow ensuring the effective functioning of the EAEU and whether the respective legal order is autonomous similar to that of the EU.

The author argues that the EAEU lags behind the EU in terms of the autonomy of the legal order and in its ability to ensure the effective functioning of the organization. Supranational features are limited, while it relies predominantly on intergovernmental elements with a view to preserve the interests of all Member States.

Keywords: Eurasian integration, Eurasian Economic Union, European Union, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, constitutional law, autonomous legal order, regional integration, supranationality

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Karliuk, Maksim, The Eurasian Economic Union: An EU-Like Legal Order in the Post-Soviet Space? (September 23, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 53/LAW/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2664519 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2664519

Maksim Karliuk (Contact Author)

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National Research University Higher School of Economics - Faculty of Law ( email )

Moscow
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