New book: European Union Law in Context (Bloomsbury 2021)

Book Abstract

This recent textbook by Ester Herlin-Karnell, Gerard Conway, and Aravind Ganesh provides an explanatory and contextual view of EU law and its impact in a simple and easily accessible yet analytical manner. It illustrates the power struggles behind a given EU law act, to allow for a full understanding of how it developed. This allows the student to understand EU law as a force in the increasingly globalized world, rather than as a technical and doctrinal subject.

The textbook begins by setting the scene of EU integration, how we got there and why it is important. Thereafter it explores the constitutional framework for understanding EU law in context and by discussing inter alia, division of competencies, accountability, legitimacy, enforcement, human rights, participation rights, as well as the general principles of the EU and citizenship rights. Subsequently, the textbook explores the essentials of the internal market as well as the principles of competition law. It also discusses free movement rights and links to the growing “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”. Finally, the textbook offers fresh insights on the external dimension of EU law and the role of the EU in the world today before concluding with an outlook on the future of EU law including the consequences of events such as Brexit.

Author Biographies

Ester Herlin-Karnell:

Ester Herlin-Karnell is Professor of EU law at Gothenburg University. Her main research interests lie in the areas of EU constitutional law, EU security regulation, EU criminal law & market regulation, as well as constitutional and political theory. She was previously Professor of EU Constitutional Law and Justice and University Research Chair at VU Amsterdam, where she also founded and co-directed the Centre for European Legal Studies between 2009 and 2019. She holds a DPhil from Oxford, an LLM from King’s College, London, and a Jur Kand (LLM) from Stockholm University. Her representative publications include The Constitutional Structure of the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the Right to Justification (Hart, 2019), and The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law (Hart 2012). She has also edited and co-authored several other volumes.

Gerard Conway:

Gerard Conway is a senior lecturer in law at Brunel University London, where he has worked since 2007. His areas of research include EU and international judicial reasoning, comparative criminal law and the role of prosecutors, and migration governance in Europe. He holds the degrees of BA (Limerick), BL (King’s Inns), MJuris (Uppsala), and PhD (Brunel). His representative publications include The Limits of Legal Reasoning in the European Court of Justice (CUP 2012). He is the author of several other articles and chapters in edited volumes.

Aravind Ganesh:

Aravind Ganesh is a postdoctoral researcher attached to the Globalization and Law Network (GLAW-Net) at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. Before coming to Maastricht he was the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Law at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include EU law, international law, private law, and legal philosophy. Aravind holds an LLB from King’s College, London, a JD from Columbia Law School, and a BCL from Oxford. In 2019, he obtained a PhD (cum laude) from the Faculty of Law, VU Amsterdam. His dissertation was subsequently awarded the 2020 René Cassin Thesis Prize for the best doctoral thesis on human rights law in that year. He is the author of the monograph Rightful Relations with Distant Strangers: Kant, the EU, and the Wider World (Hart, 2021).

External Speaker Biographies

Francis Snyder:

Francis Snyder is the CV Starr Professor of Law and Peking University School of Transnational Law. He was previously a long-time faculty member at the College of Europe, Bruges, where he still holds a visiting position. Professor Snyder has also served as Dean of the Law Department of the European University Institute in Florence, Co-Director of the Academy of European Law, and Professor of Law at the University of London, including as Professor of European Law at University College London and later as Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. His research areas include EU law, WTO and international economic law, and is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on EU-China relations, technical standards, anti-dumping, and food safety law. His recent monographs include Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law (Brill, 2016) and The EU, the WTO and China: Legal Pluralism and International Trade Regulation (Hart 2010).’

René Repasi:

Rene Repasi is the Professor of Public and Private Interests at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he is also the acting Vice-head of the Department of International and European Union Law. In addition, he directs the Erasmus Centre for Economic and Financial Governance. He previously held a professorship at the European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (EURO-CFG) at the universities of Leiden, Delft, and Rotterdam. His areas of specialization include EU law and the law of the Economic and Monetary Union, for which expertise he has frequently been consulted by, among others, the European Parliament and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). His representative publications include Wirkungsweise des unionsrechtlichen Anwendungsvorrangs im autonomen IPR (Mohr/Siebeck, 2018).’

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