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Better Regulation in EU Law: Variations on a Theme

Forthcoming in: Nathalie Rubio and Fabienne Peraldi-Leneuf (ed), La fabrication du droit de l’Union europénne dans le context du Mieux Légiférer: Du modèle ã la réalité (Presses de l’Université Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, 2017).

Peking University School of Transnational Law Research Paper No. 17-5

8 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017  

Francis Snyder

Peking University School of Transnational Law; CERIC, Aix-Marseille University; College of Europe, Bruges; Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry

Date Written: March 27, 2017

Abstract

Better Regulation (BR) is a term that is used in European Union law to denote a well-established method of making laws and other norms at minimum cost. This article argues however that BR is best viewed as variations on a theme, rather than as an unalterable model that can easily be transplanted from one context to another. First, BR originated in a specific national political, social, economic, cultural and legal context, which conditioned its initial theoretical and institutional expression and which then shaped its development. Second, transposed to the EU context, the proponents, idea and practice of BR encountered very different opportunities and constraints as compared to its national origins, and BR has never been able to achieve many of its original idealistic objectives. Third, in recent debates about the effect of China’s WTO Accession Protocol on the EU’s non-market economy anti-dumping methodology, we see a conjunction of the legacy of BR, EU realpolitik and neglect of basic principles of interpretation of international law in the context of complex and rapidly changing economic relations. Much may be lost in the translation of legal ideas, institutions and associated social practices from a national context, to the EU context, to the international context.

Keywords: European Union law, Better Regulation, China, non-market economy anti-dumping methodology

JEL Classification: F02, K40, Z18

Suggested Citation

Snyder, Francis, Better Regulation in EU Law: Variations on a Theme (March 27, 2017). Forthcoming in: Nathalie Rubio and Fabienne Peraldi-Leneuf (ed), La fabrication du droit de l’Union europénne dans le context du Mieux Légiférer: Du modèle ã la réalité (Presses de l’Université Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, 2017). ; Peking University School of Transnational Law Research Paper No. 17-5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941341

Francis Snyder (Contact Author)

Peking University School of Transnational Law ( email )

University Town,
Xili, Nanshan District
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055
China

CERIC, Aix-Marseille University

Faculté de Droit et de SP., 3 av. Robert Schuman
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, 13628
France

College of Europe, Bruges

Dijver 11
B-8000 Brugge, Oost Vlanderen 10000
Belgium

Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry ( email )

3 Taicheng Road
Yangling, Xianyang, Shaanxi 71200
China

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