Introduction to the research handbook on the politics of EU law

Marie-Pierre Granger, Paul James Cardwell

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Is there ever an ideal time to publish a volume on the contemporary state of law and politics it the European Union (EU)? The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon (2009), having ‘rescued’ parts of the Draft Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, was supposed to herald a new chapter in European integration, with greater institutional stability and coherence, a consolidation of its achievements and a focus on furthering integration in areas where only limited steps had been taken.
However, despite the advanced stage of European integration, the decade since Lisbon has been marked by a series of crises. Whilst the EU is certainly used to facing serious crises, dealing with them and often emerging with renewed goals and impetus, many of the recent challenges are unprecedented and go to the heart of what the EU is – and stands for. The economic and financial crises; questions over the future of the euro; the lack of collective responses to migration and regional instability; democratic and rule of law backsliding in some Member States; the UK referendum on leaving the EU and the complexities of Brexit negotiations, and more recently the challenges of coordinating the fight against the coronavirus pandemia, have dominated the debates. All bring to the fore the complex relationship between law and politics in the EU, and revive or renew discussions about the role of law and legal actors in European integration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on the Politics of EU Law
EditorsPaul James Cardwell, Marie-Pierre Granger
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781788971287
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020


  • role of law
  • European integration
  • EU law


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