On the Benefits of the TTIP Negotiations for the EU Legal Order: A Legal Perspective
Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Special issue on TTIP edited by F Baetens et al), Volume 43:4, pp. 327-340 (2016)
14 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2016 Last revised: 2 Dec 2016
Date Written: August 16, 2016
This article argues that Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations have a positive legal story worth recounting as to the effects of the negotiations upon the EU legal order. The paper explores the negotiation of EU international agreements as a specific field of law and considers how the TTIP negotiations overall contribute to the politicisation of the EU through shifts in legal practice on the part of all major institutional actors to EU international relations in changes to approach, procedure and actions. It uses the metric of responsiveness to measure or chart the former, considering the responses as actually practiced by institutional actors in law to normative concerns arising. It considers these practices across a range of actors, specifically the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Ombudsman, the Committee of the Regions and the TTIP Advisory Group.
Keywords: TTIP, Negotiations, Politicisation, Inter-institutional balance, EU international relations, EU external relations
JEL Classification: K00, K33
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