A European Constitution for Citizens: Reflections on the Rethinking of Union and Community Law

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Whilst the European Union or Community is not a state and does not possess a political constitution in the sense of a series of irrevocable norms existing prior to and above Community or Union law, the evolution of the European legal system might nonetheless be regarded as a fundamental constitutional process. In this light, primary and secondary European law, together with the jurisprudence of the ECJ, might be said to be subjectivising certain specifically European principles thus contributing to the legal creation of sometimes novel rights for European Citizens. In a legal process similar to that seen within 19th Century Germany, European law is seeking a compensate for an incomplete political constitution through the development of a – second best – European Charter for Citizens.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0386.00024

Affiliations: University of Bremen

Publication date: June 1, 1997

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