Judicial Application of European Union Law in post-Communist Countries: The Cases of Estonia and Latvia

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Dec 28, 2012 - Law - 258 pages

This book discusses how the plurality of legal norms operating in the European Union can be balanced to produce a functioning, sustainable and legitimate legal system. Presenting a conceptual framework for assessing and comparing transformations of national judicial systems in the context of EU membership, the book contributes to the EU legal theoretical debate on the relationship between 'authority' and 'coherence'. The author develops an original analytical framework of coherence to assess the application of EU law by national courts and uses interdisciplinary scientific methods and research design that combine legal doctrinal and social science methodology to the study of 'classical' legal questions. Providing an extensive database of 2004-2009 national judgments of national courts in Latvia and Estonia, the book offers an extensive comparative review of the jurisprudence of constitutional and supreme courts, as well as providing insight into the jurisprudence of ordinary national courts. It will appeal to legal scholars and political scientists studying courts and jurisprudence.


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Conceptual Framework
Interests and Interactions
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Comparative Overview of National Case

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About the author (2012)

Dr Tatjana Evas is a Research Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS), University of Bremen. From 2000-2002, she was Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Columbia Law School, USA.

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