This timely book explores the complexities of the EU's international economic relations in the context of its commitment to the rule of law both within the Union and internationally. It does so from three main standpoints: the 'autonomy' of the EU and judicial dialogue, the rule of law through treaty drafting, and the role of international courts and tribunals in upholding the rule of law.
Bringing together diverse perspectives from both EU and international law scholars and practitioners, the book investigates some of the most controversial and lively issues in the field of EU external relations, such as the relationship between EU law and international investment arbitration. The contributions consider how dialogue between EU law and international law can enhance the rule of law, providing an analysis of legal issues that also offers concrete tools for overcoming the challenges that arise from them.
Scholars and practitioners working in EU external relations, constitutional EU law, and public international law will find this book to be essential reading. Its critical approach will also be of great interest to policymakers in Europe and beyond.
'The performance of the European Union as a promoter and enforcer of the Rule of Law in international politics is so poor it makes me cry. The only chapter of international law in which the EU shows muscle is international economic law. New developments in this area are what the core of the present book is about and it treats them in a singularly dense and complete way, with an emphasis on the legal structures and procedures featuring in the Union's Common Commercial Policy. What it offers on Achmea, for instance, counts among the best reads about this Pandora's Box I have come across.'
– Bruno Simma, Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, and former Judge, International Court of Justice, The Hague
Contributors: Andrea Biondi, Sonja Boelaert, Frank J. Büchel, Quentin Declève, Rosana Garciandia, Steffen Hindelang, Francis G. Jacobs, Urszula Jaremba, Adam Łazowski, Elisa Longoni, Federico Ortino, Giancarlo Piscitelli, Fausto Pocar, Giorgia Sangiuolo, Hugo H. Siblesz, Raymundo Tullio Treves, Susanna Villani, Philippa Webb, Simon Weber, Carsten Zatschler, Ewa Źelazna.
Edited by Andrea Biondi, Professor of EU Law and Director, Centre of European Law, King's College London and Academic Associate, 39 Essex Chambers and Giorgia Sangiuolo, Legal Adviser, Department for International Trade, Government Legal Department and Fellow of the Centre of European Law, King's College London, UK.