The European Court of Justice in comparative context

The European Court of Justice in comparative context

Rencontres Européennes, le 26 novembre 2015
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Organized by : Master affaires européennes, MAXPO, Direction des affaires internationales & Centre d'études européennes .

Date: November 26th 2015, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
Venue: Sciences Po, Room H101, 28 rue des St Pères- 75007 Paris
Free entrance according to available places


Unlike many other trade regimes, the European Union forbids the use of inter-state retaliation to enforce its obligations, and rules out the use of common 'escape' mechanisms such as anti-dumping between the EU member states. How does the EU do without these mechanisms that appear so vital to the political viability of other international trade regimes, including the World Trade Organization? How, therefore, is the European legal order, with the European Court of Justice at its center, able to be so much more binding and intrusive than the legal obligations of many other trade regimes?

This book puts forward a new explanation of a key part of the European Union's legal system, emphasizing its break with the inter-state retaliation mechanisms and how Europe's special form of legal integration is facilitated by intra-industry trade, parliamentary forms of national government, and European welfare states.


William Phelan is an Assistant Professor of political science at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on international organization, the politics of international law, and the European Court of Justice. Phelan's book In Place of Inter-State Retaliation: The European Union's Rejection of WTO-style Trade Sanctions and Trade Remedies offers a new explanation of the role of the European Court of Justice in the European legal order, and was recently published by Oxford University Press.


Loïc Azoulai, is Professor at the Sciences Po Law School. Before joining Sciences Po, he held the chair of European Law at the European University Institute. He is a member of the Boards of different law journals among which Common Market Law Review and Revue trimestrielle de droit européen. He is currently holding an Excellence Chair of Sorbonne Paris Cité on « Being European. Legal Regimes, Ways of Belonging, Forms of Existence ».

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