The General Principles of EU Law (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199534715

Takis Tridimas
800 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
Oxford European Union Law Library Series
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The general principles of EU law remain one of the most complex areas of EU law. Their extrapolation and application by the Court of Justice raises profound questions about the values of the EU, the rights of individuals, the interaction between EU and national law, and the role of the judiciary in shaping EU law. Their study gives rise to a host of theoretical and intellectually engaging questions. They are also enormously important for the practice of law before the EU and the national courts as virtually no area of practice remains unaffected by their application. The third edition of this book covers, inter alia, the following: the definition, scope of application, and function of general principles in EU law; the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity; equal treatment, legal certainty, and the protection of legitimate expectations; fundamental rights; the rights of defence; the right to good administration; the principle of effectiveness; the liability of EU institutions; and State liability for breach of EU law. New elements of the third edition include the following: the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon; general principles and the EU values; the expansion of general principles in the fields of criminal law and private law; the horizontal application of general principles; the principle of judicial protection; abuse of right; ne bis in idem; more detailed analysis of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; and the relationship between the general principles of EU law, the EU Charter, and the European Convention for the Protection of Fundamental Rights. The new edition of this authoritative study from a well-recognized expert in the area will be an invaluable point of reference for academics and legal practitioners alike.


1 General Principles of Law in the Community Legal Order
2 The Principle of Equality
3 The Principle of Proportionality: Review of Community Measures
4 The Principle of Proportionality: Review of National Measures
5 Legal Certainty and Protection of Legitimate Expectations
6 Fundamental Rights
7 The Right to Judicial Protection
8 The Rights of Defence
9 Transparency and Access to Documents
10 Abuse of Right
11 The Principle of Effective Remedies in National Courts
12 Principles Governing Liability in Damages
13 Conclusions

About the author: 

Takis Tridimas is the Chair of European Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London, and a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He was previously Sir John Lubbock Professor of Banking Law, and Head of the International Financial Law Unit, Queen Mary, University of London, and has acted as a referendaire at the European Court of Justice, a senior legal adviser to the EU Presidency held by Greece, and as Chairman of the Committee for the Drafting of the EU Accession Treaty (2003). Professor Tridimas is also an Advocate at the Bar of Athens and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Brugge.

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