Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law

Julie Dickson, Pavlos Eleftheriadis

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The supranational law of the European Union represents a uniquely powerful, far-reaching, and controversial instance of the growth of international legal governance, one that has forever altered the political and legal landscape of its Member States. The EU has attracted significant attention from political scientists, economists, and lawyers who have analyzed its polity and constructed theoretical models of the integration process. Yet it has been almost entirely neglected by analytic philosophers, and the philosophical tools that have been developed to analyze and evaluate the Union are still in their infancy. This book brings together legal philosophers, political philosophers, and EU legal academics in the service of developing the philosophical analysis of EU law. This book brings varied disciplinary expertise and theoretical perspectives to bear on central issues facing the Union and its law. Combining both abstract thought in legal and political philosophy and more tangible theoretical work on specific legal issues, the chapters in this volume hope to make a contribution to developing work on the philosophical foundations of EU law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages472
ISBN (Electronic)9780191741029
ISBN (Print)9780199588770
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013


  • Eu law
  • European union
  • Member states
  • Philosophical analysis
  • Supranational law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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