The Lisbon Treaty: Law, Politics, and Treaty Reform

ISBN : 9780199595013

Paul Craig
512 Pages
169 x 241 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
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The Lisbon Treaty reformed the foundations of the European Union and marked the culmination of a process of Treaty reform that began after the Treaty of Nice and spanned almost a decade. This book addresses the main innovations made by the new Treaty, examining its legal and political consequences in a reformed EU. The book is organized thematically around the principal issues that occupied those engaged in the reforms over the last decade. The chapters include analysis of the reform process itself and the political forces that shaped the relevant provisions of the Lisbon Treaty. The book contains detailed analysis of the relevant legal changes made by the Lisbon Treaty on each topic covered. This legal analysis is informed by broader literature from related disciplines, such as political science and international relations, since it is only by doing so that it is possible fully to understand the legal implications of the new provisions dealing with issues such as the inter-institutional division of power within the EU, the distribution of competence, the hierarchy of legal acts and the Charter of Rights. The book addresses the political and legal implications of the Treaty provisions, and the discussion is set against the background of the pre-existing legal and political regime, aiding a full understanding of the effect of the new rules contained in the Lisbon Treaty.


1. Reform, Process, and Architecture
2. Legislation, Regulation, and Participation
3. Executive Power, Contestation, and Resolution
4. The Courts, Continuity, and Change
5. Competence, Categories, and Control
6. Rights, Legality, and Legitimacy
7. Legal Acts, Hierarchy, and Simplification
8. The Treaty, the Economic, and the Social
9. Freedom, Security, and Justice
10. Foreign Policy, Security, and Defence
11. Conclusion

About the author: 

Professor Paul Craig, FBA, QC, has taught at Oxford since 1976. He has written extensively about EU Law, including EU Law, Text Cases and Materials, written with Grainne de Burca, EU Administrative Law, and the jointly edited volume on the Evolution of EU Law.

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