Introduction: How to Save the EU's Rule of Law and Should One Bother?
Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union, Carlos Closa and Dimitry Kochenov (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 1-11.
13 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2015 Last revised: 7 Mar 2018
Date Written: October 21, 2015
This brief paper introduces the key idea and the structure of the edited volume ‘Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union’, which is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. This book aims to discuss the normative issues related to the role of the EU in the Rule of Law enforcement field and to list and to scrutinize innovative tools, of potential use for the Union in asserting its own values. The key scholars behind virtually all the most important proposals have participated in this volume to outline their position first-hand. In addition, the book also considers and discusses the complexity of the broader landscape of European constitutionalism to warn against any course of action which would not be extremely carefully thought over, considering the key strengths and, crucially, also notable weaknesses of the EU’s legal-political edifice. This collection of essays aims at a broad, positive outline: there are tools to solve the outstanding problems, all the words of caution notwithstanding. The detailed presentation of these tools is the core mission of this book and its key added value as we designed it. Where there are many proposals, there are bound to be many disagreements – such is life. The editors fully realize this and one of the key strengths of the book was allowing the participating scholars to engage with each-others’ methods for overcoming the common problem, the assumption being that such a dialogue, at times very polemical, will result in a more comprehensive description of the key avenues for Reinforcing the Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union. The table of contents of the edited work is attached to this article.
Keywords: EU Law, Rule of Law, enforcement, values, Article 2 TEU, Hungary, Copenhagen Commission
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