National Identity in EU Law

«This well written, very structured and also very rich book is an important and academically interesting contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the right balance between national identity issues and European law, mainly because it examines this seminal topic from an innovative and theoretial perspective.»

Monika Polzin, University of Augsburg, International Journal of Constitutional Law
Despite nearly sixty years of European integration, neither nations nor national loyalties have withered away. On the contrary, national identity rhetoric seems on the rise, not only in politics but also in legal discourse. Les mer
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Despite nearly sixty years of European integration, neither nations nor national loyalties have withered away. On the contrary, national identity rhetoric seems on the rise, not only in politics but also in legal discourse. Lately we have seen a rise in the number of Member States invoking their national identity in an attempt to justify a derogation from a requirement imposed on them by a Treaty article or an EU legislative act, or to legitimize a particular
national reading of such an EU norm. Despite this, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has yet to develop a coherent approach to such arguments, or express a vision of the role national identity should play in EU law.

Elke Cloots undertakes this task by providing a principled and coherent scheme for the adjudication of disputes involving claims based on the national identity of a Member State. Should arguments involving national identity be legally relevant? If yes, how should the ECJ approach such identity-related interests? Cloots crafts a normative framework to assist the ECJ in striking the right balance between European integration and respect for the identity concerns at issue.

The book combines rigorous theoretical inquiry with thorough analysis of the European Treaties and case law, with particular attention paid to litigation involving domestic measures concerning the national system of government, constitutional rights protections, and language policy. Clarifying the issues at stake and presenting a solution to these problems, this book will be an invaluable resource for the academics, lawyers, and policy makers in the field.

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«This well written, very structured and also very rich book is an important and academically interesting contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the right balance between national identity issues and European law, mainly because it examines this seminal topic from an innovative and theoretial perspective.»

Monika Polzin, University of Augsburg, International Journal of Constitutional Law

«This book is a very interesting read on a major and highly sensitive topic. It represents a valuable contribution to an ongoing debate.»

François-Xavier Millet, Yearbook of European Law

Innholdsfortegnelse

PART I. THE ECJ'S DUTY TO RESPECT NATIONAL IDENTITY ; PART II. METHODS OF ADJUDICATION

Om forfatteren

Dr. Elke Cloots is Senior Affiliated Researcher at the Leuven Institute for European Law. Elke obtained a PhD in law at the University of Leuven in 2013. She holds a Master's degree in law from the University of Leuven (2006) and a post-graduate degree from the University of Oxford (MJur, 2009). She lectured EU Law at the Maastricht Centre for European Law and is also an attorney at the Antwerp bar