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Europe's Constitutional Mosaic

Edited by: Neil Walker, Jo Shaw, Stephen Tierney

ISBN13: 9781841139791
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book emerges from a seminar series held in Edinburgh Law School in the course of 2008-09. The seminars sought to explore the complex constitutional arrangements of the European space as an inter-connected mosaic.

There has been much recent debate concerning the constitutional future of Europe, focusing almost exclusively upon the EU in the context of the (failed) Constitutional Treaty of 2003-5 and subsequently, the Treaty of Lisbon.

The premise of the book is that this focus, while important, offers only a partial vision of the complex constitutional terrain of contemporary Europe. In addition it is essential to explore other threads of normative authority within and across states, embracing internal challenges to state-level constitutional regimes; the growing jurisprudential assertiveness of the Council of Europe regime (in particular through the ECHR); as well as Europe's ever thicker relations with broader international institutions, especially those of the United Nations.

Together these create increasingly dense networks of constitutional authority within the European space. This fluid and multi-dimensional dynamic is difficult to classify, and indeed may seem in many ways impenetrable, but that makes the academic challenge all the more important and pressing. Without this fuller picture it becomes impossible to understand the legal context of Europe today or the prospects of ongoing changes. The book brings together a range of experts in law, legal theory and political science from across Europe in order to address these complex issues.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, EU Law
Contents:
1. Introduction
A Constitutional Mosaic? Exploring the New Frontiers of Europe's Constitutionalism
Neil Walker and Stephen Tierney
PART ONE: THE EUROPEAN UNION
2. The European Union's Constitutional Mosaic: Big 'C' or Small 'c', Is that the Question?
Cormac Mac Amhlaigh
3. An Area of Darkness: Three Conceptions of the Relationship Between European Union Law and State Constitutional Law
Julio Baquero Cruz
PART TWO: THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
4. Burying, Not Praising the European Convention on Human Rights: A Provocation
Andrew Williams
5. Europe's Constitutional Mosaic: Human Rights in the European Legal Space – Utopia, Dystopia, Monotopia or Polytopia?
Sionaidh Douglas-Scott
PART THREE: THE WIDER EUROPE
6. The Constitutional Mosaic Across the Boundaries of the European Union: Citizenship Regimes in the New States of South Eastern Europe
Jo Shaw
7. The Council of Europe as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Political Strengths of a Weak International Institution
Gwendolyn Sasse
PART FOUR: EUROPE BELOW THE STATE
8. Recognition as Domination: Constitutionalism, Reciprocity and the Problem of Singularity
Hans Lindahl
9. Liberal Democracy's Timber is Still Too Straight: The Case of Political Models for Coexistence in Composite States
Ferran Requejo
PART FIVE: EUROPE AND THE WORLD
10. The Constitutionalisation of International Organisations
Anne Peters
11. The European Union in the Global Constitutional Mosaic
Jan Klabbers
PART SIX: OTHER CASE STUDIES
12. European Criminal Law Under the Developing Constitutional Setting of the European Union
Kimmo Nuotio
13. The Constitutional Function of Labour Law in the European Union
Ruth Dukes