Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe: From a Common Concept to Mechanisms of Implementation

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Werner Schroeder
Bloomsbury Publishing, Dec 15, 2016 - Law - 320 pages
Respect for the 'rule of law' is, according to Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, a value on which the Union is founded and a prerequisite for the accession of new Member States. However in some Member States there are deficiencies as regards the independence of the justice system or other aspects of the rule of law, and on several occasions the Union has been confronted with a rule of law crisis. In order to address this problem the book elucidates the principal elements of a common European rule of law in a global context, and explores the different mechanisms and instruments appropriate to safeguard the rule of law and to address future rule of law crises in the Member States.The book brings together contributions from renowned academics, high-ranking professionals and experts in the fields of European law, public international law and constitutional law.

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Council of Europe and European Union
Law Venice Commission
The Rule of Law in the Jurisprudence of the European
The Rule of Law in the Case Law of the European Court
The Rule of Law in the Recent Jurisprudence of the
Reinforcement of the Rule of Law Oversight in
The Legal Basis for Reinforced EU Oversight
The EU Rule of Law Framework

Transparency as Part of a European Rule of
Access to Documents According to the European Court
und Schaffung Eines Wirtschaftlich Gesunden Land
Legal Certainty
The Principle of Proportionality
Acknowledgement in the Jurisprudence
Global Activities and Current Initiatives in the Union
Institutional Implications of Implementing
Institutional Considerations behind the Rule of Law
Principal EU Organs
A Parliamentarians
The Rule of Law and the Constitutionalisation of

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Werner Schroeder is Full Professor of Law at the University of Innsbruck.

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