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The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited: Assessing the Impact of the Constitutional Debate

Catherine Barnard


With the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty in French and Dutch referenda, the European Union received a severe blow. This precipitated a period of reflection and soul searching. How far should the fundamental principles that shape the Union be re-assessed in the light of the Constitutional debate? Can the Constitutional Treaty be rescued from failure? If not, what other options for constitutional reform are available? Does the Treaty's rejection signal the failure of the Union's goal of democratic governance? The chapters in this volume examine the impact of the debate surrounding the fut ... More

Keywords: France, referenda, European Constitution, European democracy, foreign relations, rights, social policy, justice, home affairs, Constitutional Treaty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226221
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Barnard, editor
Fellow of Trinity College, Reader in European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair of European Law, University of Cambridge