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Advanced Introduction to European Union Law

Jacques Ziller, Professor of European Union Law, University of Pavia, Italy and formerly of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and the Université de Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
This book explains how member states of the EU confer powers to the Union through the founding treaties and the legal frame applicable to the Union’s institutions, and the rules that apply to their functioning and the legal review of their action. It reviews the main fields of action of the EU – the internal market, area of freedom, security and justice, external action – and how law is shaping them. The interaction between the EU and its member states is also explained.
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Publication Date: January 2020
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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

This is the essential introduction to understanding the law of the European Union’s institutions and policies. Jacques Ziller explores the fields of EU law and its relevant politics in precise, but accessible, language, covering the internal market, free movement of citizens, the economic and monetary union, and foreign and security policies.

Key features include:

• Citations of critical legal texts to aid clarity for readers

• Analysis of the interactions and relations between the EU and member states

• Insights on the founding treaties of the Union and how these have progressed

• Discussion of both the legal and political aspects of the EU’s policies and institutions.

A comprehensive insight to the topic, this book will be a vital read for EU and constitutional law scholars. It also offers a clear understanding of the topic for political science and international relations scholars wishing to gain a better understanding of EU law. Practitioners from EU institutions and member states’ governments and NGOs will find this offers a critical analysis of the field.
‘This is a valuable advanced introduction to EU law. The book contains a good blend of institutional and substantive law, the exposition is succinct and clear, and the analysis is replete with important insights on legal doctrine and policy. It will be of interest to all EU legal scholars and more broadly to those who seek to understand the workings of the EU.’
– Paul Craig, University of Oxford, UK

‘This book offers an accessible and practical introduction to the European Union, both as an organisation and as a legal system. It skilfully navigates the reader through the complexity of the Union's framework and policies, combining concise and digestible explanation with insightful reflections on how the Union has evolved and its current challenges.’
– Mark Bell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

‘Professor Ziller's book is a comprehensive guide on European Law and it offers a clear and easy passage to a complex universe, the rigour of the academic outlook never losing sight of how things work in practice.’
– María José Martínez Iglesias, Director for Legislative Affairs, Legal Service of the European Parliament

‘A fresh, contemporary perspective on the European Union, which sets about presenting the Union, its constitutional and legal functions in an arresting and novel manner, which should be appreciated equally by both the expert and the general reader. An invaluable contribution to the core literature on the Union.’
– Diana P. Wallis, Former Vice President of the European Parliament and Past President of the European Law Institute
Contents: 1. A Constitution based upon international treaties 2. Scope of EU law and conferral 3. Values, fundamental rights and citizenship 4. The area of freedom, security and justice (ASFJ) 5. The internal market 6. Policies related to the internal market 7. Economic and monetary union 8. External Action 9. Specific features of EU law 10. Institutional framework of the European Union 11. Distribution of powers in the EU 12. Acts of EU law and hierarchy of norms 13. Judicial review and case law Bibliography Index