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Establishing the Supremacy of European Law: The Making of an International Rule of Law in Europe

Karen J. Alter


The most effective international legal system in the world exists in Europe. It works much like a domestic system, where violations of the law are brought to court, legal decisions are respected, and the autonomous influence of law and legal rulings extends into the political process itself. The European legal system was not always so effective at influencing state behaviour and compelling compliance. Indeed the European Community's original legal system was intentionally designed to have very limited monitoring and enforcement capabilities. The European Court of Justice transformed the origin ... More

Keywords: Europe, legal rulings, state behaviour, compliance, European Court of Justice, European law supremacy, legal obligations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen J. Alter, author
Assistant Professor of Government, Northwestern University
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