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Governing with JudgesConstitutional Politics in Europe$
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Alec Stone Sweet

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297710

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198297718.001.0001

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Constructing a Supranational Constitution

Constructing a Supranational Constitution

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(p.153) 6 Constructing a Supranational Constitution
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Governing with Judges
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Alec Stone Sweet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198297718.003.0006

The sources and consequences of constructing a supranational constitution in Europe are traced. The relationship between private litigants, national judges, and the European Court of Justice has been central to this process. Thus, the ECJ fashioned a judicially enforceable constitution out of international treaty law—a unique achievement that is shown to have fundamentally transformed the European polity in the process in a multitude of ways.

Keywords:   Doctrine of governmental liability, Doctrine of indirect effect, Doctrine of supremacy, European Court of Justice, Supranational governance

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