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Vol 22 No 2 Feb/March 2017

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Precedents and Case-based Reasoning in the European Court of Justice: Unfinished Business

ISBN13: 9781107045491
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £67.00
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Past cases are the European Court of Justice's most prominent tool in making and justifying the rulings and decisions which affect the everyday lives of more than half a billion people.

Marc Jacob's detailed analysis of the use of precedents and case-based reasoning in the Court uses methods such as doctrinal scholarship, empirical research, institutional analysis, comparative law and legal theory in order to unravel and critique the how and why of the Court's precedent technique.

In doing so, he moves the wider debate beyond received 'common law' versus 'civil law' figments and 'Eurosceptic' versus 'Euromantic' battle lines, and also provides a useful blueprint for assessing and comparing the case law practices of other dispute resolution bodies.

EU Law
1. Introduction
2. Setting precedents: law made in Luxembourg
3. Determining the essence of ECJ precedents
4. Precedent application by the ECJ
5. Avoiding ECJ precedents I: distinguishing
6. Avoiding ECJ precedents II: departing
7. ECJ precedents in context
8. The normativity of ECJ precedents
9. Conclusions and suggestions.