An 'Ever Closer Union' in Need of a Human Rights Policy: The European Union and Human Rights

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Philip Alston

New York University School of Law

J. H. H. Weiler

New York University School of Law

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

While the EU is a staunch defender of human rights in both its internal and external policies, it lacks a comprehensive or coherent policy at either level. This discrepancy is even less sustainable in 1999 than it was just a few years ago. Monetary union, enlargement, a need to match growing powers with effective human rights scrutiny, and various other developments all necessitate a far more developed human rights policy. Existing institutional arrangements are especially unsatisfactory and the article puts forward a wide range of measures that should be explored in relation to the role of the Council, Commission, Parliament and Court, as well as Member States.

Suggested Citation

Alston, Philip and Weiler, Joseph H. H., An 'Ever Closer Union' in Need of a Human Rights Policy: The European Union and Human Rights (1998). European Journal of International Law, Vol. 9, pp. 658-723, 1998, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=803697

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