This major new textbook for students in European law uses a text, cases and materials approach to explore the law, politics, policy and practice of EU external relations, and navigates the complex questions at the interface of these areas. The subject is explored by explaining major constitutional principles, and elaborating upon them in policy-specific chapters ranging from common commercial policy and development policy over CFSP/CSDP and AFSJ to energy and enlargement policy. Specific attention is given to the relationship between European integration, the role of law, and the EU as an effective international actor. Designed for easy navigation, chapters include key objectives, summaries and textboxes, which frame key issues and guide the reader through the functioning of legal principles. Students gain a detailed understanding of the historical development, context and present functioning of EU external relations law in a highly politicised European and international environment.
Bart Van Vooren is Senior Associate in the EU Regulatory and Trade Practice Group at ALTIUS Brussels, and Adjunct Associate Professor of EU Law at the University of Copenhagen. Ramses Wessel is Professor of the Law of the European Union and other International Organisations, and Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.
1. The European Union as a global legal actor; 2. Instruments of EU external action; 3. Existence of EU external competence; 4. Nature of EU external competence; 5. Scope and choice of EU external competence; 6. The duty of cooperation; 7. EU law and international law; 8. The EU and international institutions; 9. Common commercial policy; 10. EU development policy; 11. Common foreign and security policy; 12. Common security and defence policy; 13. The external dimension of the internal energy market; 14. The external dimension of the area of freedom, security and justice; 15. EU and its neighbours.