Towards a European Public Law

ISBN : 9780198789505

Bernard Stirn; Eirik Bjorge
208 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Apr 2017
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A European public law is under construction, but how has this occurred and what is its character? Stirn proposes that this European public law is being constructed by the convergence of three circles: the law of the European Union, the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the different domestic legal orders. The mutually influential relationship of these constituents has allowed them to develop, most considerably in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. The book begins by reflecting on the different phases of the development of the European project from the end of the First World War. It outlines the transition from the European Coal and Steel Community to the European Union, as well as the other institutions contributing to these developments. The discussion then moves to the European legal order, which consists of the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights. Stirn explores how, in spite of occasional false starts and frictions, their relationship is becoming ever closer, and how their characteristics in law are becoming increasingly similar. Furthermore, Stirn analyses the relationship between European law and national legal systems. The differing approach to domestic incorporation of international law, whether it be monist or dualist is considered, as well as the recognition that European law is superior to domestic law. The character specifically of EU law, and how it compares to international and domestic law is also discussed, in particular its unique features but also the principles it shares with domestic law. In addition, the book examines the existence or not in member states' of constitutional courts, the level or jurisdictional orders and the recruitment and status of judges. Similar trends across Europe in public administration are also accounted for and subjected to analysis. Stirn concludes that a European model of public administration is becoming apparent.


1: Introduction
2: The Phases of European Integration
1. From the European and Steel Community to the European Union
2. The Council of Europe and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
3. The other European institutions
3: The European Legal Order
1. The European Union after the Lisbon Treaty
2.The system of rules of the European Union
3. A Europe of Human Rights
4. The Law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
4: European and domestic law
1. A common understanding of the hierarchy of norms
2. The integrated legal order of the European Union
3. Shared guiding principles
5: The independence and interdependence of judges
1. The development of constitutional law
2. The reinforcement of judicial control with the executive
1. The right to an effective remedy before an independent and impartial tribunal
6: A European model of public administration
1. The scope of public action
2. The ways in which the administration is organized
3. Europe and the civil service
7: Conclusion

About the author: 

Bernard Stirn is the President of the Judicial Section of the Conseil d'Etat. He teaches public law at Sciences Po and at the Ecole nationale d'administration. Eirik Bjorge is a Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol.

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