There is a commonly expressed view in Europe that the citizens and the Member States are destined to be overcome by the European Union (EU). There is a sense that the EU of today is not what was intended to be created or acceded to by the Member States or its citizens. The Outer Limits of European Law brings together a diverse group of legal scholars to consider aspects of EU substantive, constitutional, and procedural law in a manner highlighting the many senses in which the EU is or can be limited and so demonstrating that the fear of being overcome is a false fear. By exploring the mechanisms and devices used to limit the EU, the contributors also reveal not only the strengths of the various limits, but also, and more crucially, the weakness of the limits, thereby demonstrating that the prospect of being overcome is a genuine risk to be guarded against. By considering general themes (e.g. legitimacy) and core subject areas (e.g. policing, free movement of goods, remedies) the book reveals the various techniques used by the Court of Justice, Community institutions, and Member States to define and modify the outer limits of the EU and EU Law.
About the Author
Catherine Barnard is Professor of EU Law and Employment Law and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Okeoghene Odudu is Herchel Smith lecturer in law and Deputy Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.