The European Union's Foreign and Security Policy: A Legal Institutional Perspective

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Aug 11, 1999 - Political Science - 383 pages
The common foreign and security policy (CFSP) of the European Union and its member states reflects an unprecedented form of international cooperation on the borderline between international law and European Community law. While more 'supranational' European community, CFSP in this book is presented as a form of legal cooperation that is far from informal. The former diplomatic European Political Cooperation has developed into a policy in which the states still play an important role, but where their competences are shared with the international organisation called the European Union. Conclusions on the interpretation of the 'CFSP legal order' and on the legal status of the European Union are based on a thorough analysis of the purposes and scope of CFSP, the decision-making procedures, the nature of the CFSP decisions, the existing supervisory mechanisms and the competences of the European Union. The book addresses the key issues of international institutional law in an original and clarifying manner. This makes the book not only a valuable source for academics working in European Union law and international institutional law in general, but also for practitioners involved in national and European foreign policy making. The book contains an extensive bibliography as well as a list of adopted CFSP decisions.
 

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Contents

The Concept of Legal Order
17
INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ORDERS
33
CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS
46
The Purposes and Scope of CFSP
48
10
63
Legal Bases for CFSP DecisionMaking
71
22
78
The Legal Nature of CFSP Decisions
150
Supervision of CFSP Procedures
205
Conclusion
319
THE UNION LEGAL ORDER
325
LIST OF CFSP DECISIONS
333
BIBLIOGRAPHY
348
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
377
INDEX OF CASE LAW 383
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