This book is designed to illustrate the 'core' principles of European Union (EU) law. As such it seeks to set out, in clear and understandable fashion, the law of the EU as found in the EC Treaty and Treaty on European Union as well as the judgments of the European Courts, legislative enactments of the Council of the Union, administrative decisions of the European Commission and official publications of national and Union institutions. What makes it unique and distinct from other textbooks in the subject is that it examines the EU within the context of globalization processes which have rendered the strictly 'internal' approach to the EU that characterises other textbooks outdated and in some ways misleading. It is now widely accepted that the law governing the relations between the Union and the rest of the world cannot be treated separately from the internal law of the Union, and this books sets out to show how the two interrelate and affect one another. Thus, when dealing with institutional law, the approach adopted here is to look at the role of the institutions under the treaties and also their role under agreements with non-member states.
The same approach is taken to economic law. The book is written for students with no previous knowledge of EU law but is not introductory in character. Its coverage is comprehensive and contains detailed references to the primary sources. This feature will also enable deeper study of the subject by students who possess some knowledge and wish to expand it.