Introduction: The Puzzles of European Union Law

Julie Dickson, Pavlos Eleftheriadis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to bring together a diverse group of legal and political philosophers, constitutional theorists, and legal scholars, and invite them to reflect on certain challenges facing the contemporary European Union. This is followed by a discussion of the philosophical and constitutional foundations of the contemporary EU. It takes each of the three main areas which the book addresses in turn -the legal system, political foundations, and constitutional virtues-and offers some thoughts on the philosophical and constitutional issues, and on the scholarship attempting to address those issues, which are regarded as particularly important in understanding and evaluating the contemporary EU. An overview of the subsequent chapters is then presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophical Foundations of European Union Law
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191741029
ISBN (Print)9780199588770
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013


  • Constitution
  • Constitutional virtues
  • EU
  • Legal system
  • Political foundations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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