Opinions 1/13 and 2/13 and EU external relations law
Title: Opinions 1/13 and 2/13 and EU external relations law
Author: CREMONA, Marise
Citation: Pietro FRANZINA (ed.), The external dimension of EU private international law after opinion 1/13, Cambridge : Intersentia, 2016, pp. 1-18
Towards the end of 2014 two Opinions of the Court of Justice were handed down which have significant implications for EU external relations law: Opinion 1/13 on the 1980 Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction, and Opinion 2/13 on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights. Opinion 1/13 sheds light on the increasingly important role played by the EU externally in the field of private international law, against a background in which the Member States have historically taken the lead. It also, at a more technical level, is one of a series of judgments in which the Court of Justice is exploring the implications of the Lisbon Treaty for EU external relations. Opinion 2/13 has been regarded as a landmark judgment, one which will have profound implications for the development of the EU’s legal order and its relationship with international law, at least as if not more important than the judgment in Kadi. This short chapter cannot of course explore all the dimensions of Opinion 2/13; its main aim is to put Opinion 1/13 into the broader context of EU external relations law and to touch upon those aspects of Opinion 2/13 which link to this broader picture.
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