Type: Working Paper
Soft Law and the Rule of Law in the European Union: Revision or Redundancy?
Working Paper, EUI RSCAS, 2009/24
DAWSON, Mark, Soft Law and the Rule of Law in the European Union: Revision or Redundancy?, EUI RSCAS, 2009/24 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/11416
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The increasing use in the EU of soft law norms has created an extensive debate over the centrality of law as the principle instrument of European integration. Under a certain understanding of legality – one that sees the function of law as the provision of stable normative expectations - the development of methods like the OMC appears as an explicit threat. By another, the complex nature of the EU polity - and the functional tasks it must carry-out - places an impossibly high burden on any attempt by the EU to model its conception of legality this way. While this seemingly leaves the EU with a stark choice, the very features – the dispersion of normative authority between different national orders, and the need for rapid and iterative regulatory interventions – that have borne soft law also point towards the development of new conceptions of legality and its limits in a post-national setting. Soft law has both empirically challenged law’s place in the integration project, and demanded a re-evaluation of its contemporary meaning.
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Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2009/24