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Europe's Constitutional Mosaic - edited by Stephen Tierney

Europe's Constitutional Mosaic


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This book emerged from an extended seminar series held in Edinburgh Law School which sought to explore the complex constitutional arrangements of the European legal space as an inter-connected mosaic. There has been much recent debate concerning the constitutional future of Europe, focusing almost exclusively upon the EU in the context of the (failed) Constitutional Treaty of 2003-5 and the subsequent Treatyof Lisbon. The premise of the book is that this focus, while indispensable, offers only a partial vision of the complex constitutional terrain of contemporary Europe. In addition, it is essential to explore other threads of normative authority within and across states, embracing internal challenges to state-level constitutional regimes; the growing jurisprudential assertiveness of the Council of Europe regime through the ECHR and various democracy-building measures; as well as Europe's ever thicker relations, both with its border regions and with broader international institutions, especially those of the United Nations. Together these developments create increasingly dense networks of constitutional authority within the European space. This fluid and multi-dimensional dynamic is difficult to classify, and indeed may seem in many ways impenetrable, but that makes the explanatory challenge all the more important and pressing. Without this fuller picture it becomes impossible to understand the legal context of Europe today or the prospects of ongoing changes. The book brings together a range of experts in law, legal theory and political science from across Europe in order to address these complex issues and to supply illustrative case-studies in the topical areas of the constitutionalisation of European labour law and European criminal law.

...the volume clearly contributes to the ongoing debate regarding the contributions of a legal pluralist framework in constitutional and global contexts, and as such it has a solid scholarly audience and is most suited for teaching at the graduate level in political science and law. -- Mihaela Serban * Law and Politics Book Review, Volume 23(2) *

Introduction A Constitutional Mosaic? Exploring the New Frontiers of Europe's Constitutionalism
The European Union
The European Union's Constitutional Mosaic: Big 'C' or Small 'c', Is that the Question?
An Area of Darkness: Three Conceptions of the Relationship Between European Union Law and State Constitutional Law
The European Convention on Human Rights
Burying, Not Praising the European Convention on Human Rights: A Provocation
Europe's Constitutional Mosaic: Human Rights in the European Legal Space Utopia, Dystopia, Monotopia or Polytopia?
The Wider Europe
The Constitutional Mosaic Across the Boundaries of the European Union: Citizenship Regimes in the New States of South Eastern Europe
The Council of Europe as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Political Strengths of a Weak International Institution
Europe Below the State
Recognition as Domination: Constitutionalism, Reciprocity and the Problem of Singularity
Liberal Democracy's Timber is Still Too Straight: The Case of Political Models for Coexistence in Composite States
Europe and the World
The Constitutionalisation of International Organisations
The European Union in the Global Constitutional Mosaic
Other Case Studies
European Criminal Law Under the Developing Constitutional Setting of the European Union
The Constitutional Function of Labour Law in the European Union
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ISBN: 9781841139791
ISBN-10: 1841139793
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 14th June 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1