EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (6th edition)

Paul Craig; Grainne De Burca
Pub date
Jul 2015
Texts, Cases, and Materials
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  • Written by leading scholars on European law, EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials provides an insightful analysis of the subject by experts in the field
  • Succinct and clear commentary sets out the law, illuminates the accompanying materials, and delivers critical and contextual analysis of all the legal and political aspects of EU law and policy
  • Features carefully chosen extracts from a wide range of sources including case judgments, EU legislation, and academic articles providing easy access to the materials which are key to understanding this dynamic and diverse area of law
  • Includes well-designed learning features to guide the reader through each topic, including concise 'central issues' and helpful 'conclusions' in each chapter, as well as detailed further reading advice

New to this Edition:

  • Coverage of all important recent developments, including:
  • Important new case law such as the landmark Opinion 2/13 on EU Accession to the ECHR;
  • The implications of the European Parliament elections for the relationship between the Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council;
  • The strategies adopted by the new Commission President and his team;
  • The issues surrounding the possible UK referendum on membership.
  • Reworking of chapter 20, Free Movement of Capital and Economic and Monetary Union, to include thorough discussion of the issues concerning the financial crisis.

'Craig & de Búrca has become a byword for quality: legally accurate and contextually rich' 
Christopher Hilson, Professor of Law, University of Reading

Building on its unrivalled reputation as the definitive EU law textbook, this sixth edition continues to provide clear and insightful analysis of all aspects of European Union law. 

Drawing on their wealth of experience both teaching and writing in this area, Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca provide a comprehensive and enhanced account of their classic text. Working closely as an author team for over twenty years, they succeed in bringing together a unique mix of illuminating commentary and well-chosen extracts from a wide range of cases, legislation and academic articles. 

All chapters have been carefully structured and designed to enhance student learning at all levels, laying the foundations of the subject while building analysis of more complex areas and cutting edge debates. Each chapter opens with a concise overview of the 'central issues', providing valuable context, before drawing together key analysis in a comprehensive chapter conclusion to provide a clear yet complete picture of the subject. 


1: The development of European integration
2: The institutions
3: Competence
4: Instruments and the hierarchy of norms
5: Legislation and decision-making
6: Decision-making and new forms of governance
7: The nature and effect of EU law: direct effect and beyond
8: The application of EU law: remedies in national courts
9: The relationship between EU law and national law: supremacy
10: EU international relations law
11: Human rights in the EU
12: Enforcement action against Member States
13: Preliminary rulings
14: Review of legality: access
15: Review of legality: grounds of review
16: Damages actions and money claims
17: The single market
18: Free movement of goods: duties, charges, and taxes
19: Free movement of goods: quantitative restrictions
20: Free movement of capital and economic and monetary union
21: Free movement of workers
22: Freedom of establishment and to provide services
23: Citizenship of the European Union
24: Equal treatment and non-discrimination
25: AFSJ: EU criminal law
26: Competition law: Article 101
27: Competition law: Article 102
28: Competition law: mergers
29: The state and the common market

About the author: 

Paul Craig, Professor of English Law, St John's College, University of Oxford, and Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law and Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice, New York University School of Law
Paul Craig, QC FBA is Professor of English Law at St John's College, Oxford. Paul is one of the foremost scholars on European Law and Administrative Law and has published extensively in these areas.
Gráinne de Búrca is the Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law and Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice at New York University. Gráinne is a leading expert on European Union law, European human rights law, and European and transnational governance and has written widely in these areas.

Deservedly regarded by students, researchers, and experts around the world as the key textbook on the discipline - Dr Nicola Countouris, Reader in EU Law, University College London

The cases make it an interesting and enriching book for scholars because it offers depth and new insights, but the clear structure and the pedagogical genius of both authors make the book very suitable to students studying EU law for the first time...We strongly recommend this book to every EU law student. - Chris Thomale, Juristische Schulung

Craig & de Búrca has become a byword for quality: legally accurate and contextually rich. - Christopher Hilson, Professor of Law , University of Reading

By combining an impressive selection of cases, commentary and legislation, EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials has obtained (and kept) an almost biblical status. This accolade is well-deserved; the material remains accessible whilst providing wonderful academic scholarship. - The Student Law Journal

Craig & de Búrca is the bible of EU Law, I couldn't imagine studying without it. - Marianne Muona, Former Law Student, Helsinki University

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