Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law

Research Handbooks in European Law series

Edited by Gareth Davies, Professor of EU Law, Department of Transnational Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Matej Avbelj, Associate Professor of European Law, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Nova Univerza, Slovenia

The Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law explores the diversity of phenomenon of overlapping legal systems within the European Union, the nature of their interactions, and how they deal with the difficult question of the legal hierarchy between them. The contributors reflect on the history, sociology and legal scholarship on constitutional and legal pluralism, and develop this further in the light of the challenges currently facing the EU.

‘This Handbook is a valuable contribution that codifies the efforts of many of the contributors of the movement, providing a certain coherence to the polyphony that characterized (and still characterizes) its members. Through twenty-three contributions ranging from “classics” of the movement to some of its most recent and promising voices, the book provides a holistic vision of the movement, including its critics as well.’
– Daniel Sarmiento, Common Market Law Review

‘This collection will be of real value to all those interested in the difficult and topical questions of legal pluralism in the European Union. At a time of significant stress within the EU economic, political and legal orders, the essays address a range of themes and topics ranging from broad theoretical and constitutional reflections to more focused case studies of EMU, citizenship, migration and border control, and the EU’s relations with non-EU states. The editors have assembled an impressive array of scholars from across the EU to present their particular understandings and critiques of the idea of legal and constitutional pluralism, to interrogate the relationship of legal pluralism to democracy, and to investigate the significance of these ideas in the European Union at present.’
– Gráinne de Búrca, New York University, School of Law, US

‘Legal pluralism has become a central concept by which to unpack EU and transnational law. It remains, however, an under-applied and under-theorised framework. This Research Handbook decisively fills this gap, developing pluralism’s theoretical foundations in novel directions through an outstanding group of contributors and using the concept to re-visit active debates in EU law and politics. I would recommend it to anyone as the definitive guide to legal pluralism in the EU for decades to come.’
– Mark Dawson, Hertie School of Governance, Germany

2018 448 pp Hardback 978 1 78643 308 4 £179.00 £161.10 $270.00 $243.00

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