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EU Law Beyond EU BordersThe Extraterritorial Reach of EU Law$
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Marise Cremona and Joanne Scott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198842170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198842170.001.0001

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Extending the Reach of EU Law

Extending the Reach of EU Law

The EU as an International Legal Actor

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EU Law Beyond EU Borders

Marise Cremona

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which the EU uses its external relations powers and its wide range of external instruments to extend the reach of EU law, and the ways in which law shapes the EU’s external action. It examines three dimensions of the relationship between law and external action: first, the role law plays in the construction of the EU’s international presence as a ‘Union of values’; second, the use of law by the EU as a way of conducting its foreign policy and constructing its relationships; third, the EU as a regulatory actor engaged in shaping, importing and promoting international legal norms. These dynamics illustrate different aspects of the notion of the global reach of EU law and in so doing they raise questions about the ambivalent role that law plays in these processes, challenging our understanding of law as the foundation of the EU’s external power and the instrument through which, and in accordance with which, it expresses that power.

Keywords:   EU external relations, external power, global reach, EU values, legal norm, international norm

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