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EU Constitutional Law
An Introduction
Allan Rosas, Lorna Armati    

This innovative book is based on the premise that the absence of a single constitutional document for the European Union does not imply the absence of a constitution. Rather, the EU constitution, composed of a myriad of legal texts, case law and practice, is a moving target subject to continuous change and comprises several layers of integration with varying geographical scope.
The book endeavours to make sense of this highly complex constitutional order by focusing on what the authors perceive to be the essential features of the system, taking into account the profound changes which have taken place over the past 20 years. The EU has become much more than an internal economic market and has recently been active even in areas such as immigration and third-country nationals, security and defence policy and penal law and procedure.
Rather than casting the reader adrift in a sea of institutional and procedural detail, the authors underline the essential values, principles and objectives of the integration regime as well as its basic normative structure and hierarchy. In this context, the decentralised nature of the EU is highlighted as an integral part of its constitutional make-up. Recurring themes running through the book include European citizenship as well as fundamental rights and the rule of law. And, while stressing the basic values, principles and objectives of the EU, the book also confronts head-on the problems and challenges facing the Union and the gap which is often perceived between lofty ideals and harsh realities.
The book will be particularly useful to students of EU law and European integration but will also appeal to a broader audience of researchers and practitioners, including political scientists.
The book reflects the reforms implemented by the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009.

Allan Rosas has been a judge at the European Court of Justice since January 2002, having formerly been Principal Legal Adviser and later Deputy Director-General of the Legal Service of the European Commission.
Lorna Armati has been a Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission since September 2010, having formerly been Legal Secretary to Judge Rosas and later Legal Officer at the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

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