The law of the external relations of the European Union is a subject of great importance.
The EU institutions have developed an extensive practice in this area, by concluding
many international agreements, by participating in the work of international organizations,
and by legislating and regulating on matters of external relations. It is a practice
giving rise to many legal problems and questions, as evidenced by the substantial
and fast expanding body of case-law in this area from the EU Courts. These problems
and questions are often of constitutional significance, and the external relations
law of the EU therefore occupies an important place in the overall constitutional
and institutional development of the EU.
This volume examines the legal foundations of the EU's external relations.
It focuses on the EU's external competences and objectives; on the instruments,
principles, and actors of external policies; and on the legal effects of international
agreements and international law. It analyses a number of key external policies,
particularly in the fields of trade and foreign policy.Substantially
updated to take into account recent case law, it also incorporates an examination
of the changes made by the Lisbon Treaty. This new edition, formerly published as
External Relations of the European Union: Legal and Constitutional Foundations,
is an invaluable asset to those studying and working in the field.
Readership: Academics and post-graduate students specializing in
EU law and international law and politics; post-graduate students; practitioners
working in EU and international law; civil servants within the EU