European Union Law: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - Europe - 152 pages
The European Union is rarely out of the news and, as it deals with the consequences of the Brexit vote and struggles to emerge from the eurozone crisis, it faces difficult questions about its future. In this debate, the law has a central role to play, whether the issue be the governance of the
eurozone, the internal market, clawing back powers from Europe, or reducing so-called Brussels red tape.

In this Very Short Introduction Anthony Arnull looks at the laws and legal system of the European Union, including EU courts, and discusses the range of issues that the European Union has been given the power to regulate, such as the free movement of goods and people. He considers why an
organization based on international treaties has proved capable of having far-reaching effects on both its Member States and on countries that lie beyond its borders, and discusses how its law and legal system have proved remarkably effective in ensuring that Member States respect the commitments
they made when they signed the Treaties. Answering some of the key questions surrounding EU law, such as what exactly it is about, and how it has become part of the legal DNA of its Member States so much more effectively than other treaty-based regimes, Arnull considers the future for the European
Union.

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Contents

Introduction
1
What is EU law about?
3
From Common Market to European Union
18
Secondary EU law
28
How secondary EU law is made
47
On the origin of treaties
61
EU law in the national courts
77
The Court of Justice of the European Union
91
References
127
List of cases and EU measures
135
Further reading
143
Index
145
Very Short Introduction
153
A Very Short Introduction
154
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156

Enforcing EU law
99
Coping with crises
112

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Anthony Arnull holds the Barber Chair of Jurisprudence at the University of Birmingham. He has specialized in the law of the European Union for over 30 years and worked at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg from 1989-92. His publications include The European Union and its Court of Justice
(OUP, 2nd ed, 2006), Continuity and Change in EU Law: Essays in Honour of Sir Francis Jacobs (ed, with Piet Eeckhout and Takis Tridimas) (OUP, 2008), and The Oxford Handbook of European Union Law, (OUP, 2015), with Damian Chalmers. He has given evidence to a number of UK Parliamentary Select
Committees and acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords EU Committee. In 2013-14, he served as an output assessor on the Law Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (REF).

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