Of Values and Legitimacy – Discourse Analytical Insights on the Copyright Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union

26 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2018

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Harri Kalimo

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Institute for European Studies

Trisha Meyer

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Tuomas Mylly

University of Turku - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) increasingly faces societal value‐conflicts in EU law disputes. For example, in EU copyright law, in the digital age, diverse fundamental values, as well as cultural and societal developments, are at stake. This article discusses the role of the CJEU in the European value discourse, using copyright law as a case study. The methodological approach used, critical discourse analysis, is seldom applied in jurisprudential studies, but is well suited for teasing out value‐related aspects of case law. Exploratory research of seminal copyright cases suggests that the CJEU's discourse of the various values seems unnecessarily one‐sided and shallow. A lack of discursiveness in the jurisprudence would diminish the legitimacy of the Court's decisions, and would not offer adequate guidance to national courts or private decision‐makers, to whom the Court at the same time may be leaving more of the task of value reconciliation.

Suggested Citation

Kalimo, Harri and Meyer, Trisha and Mylly, Tuomas, Of Values and Legitimacy – Discourse Analytical Insights on the Copyright Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (March 2018). The Modern Law Review, Vol. 81, Issue 2, pp. 282-307, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3139062 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12329

Harri Kalimo (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Institute for European Studies ( email )

Pleinlaan 15
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Trisha Meyer

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Tuomas Mylly

University of Turku - Faculty of Law

FIN-20014 Turku
Finland

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