The Two Faces of European Sovereignty

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Table of Contents: I. No European sovereignty... – II. ... But a "Europeanised" (concept of) sovereignty.

Abstract: "European sovereignty" seems at first sight to be a misnomer. The EU is not sovereign in the classical sense of the word. By contrast, it can be argued that the EU transforms national sovereignty, both in its internal and external dimension. This "Europeanisation" of Member State's sovereignty could be seen as an attempt to restore and expand the "rule of law" not only by harnessing market forces but by using them in order to promote "home-grown" legal standards. In that sense, "European sovereignty" may be a legal contradictio in terminis but it may also be the only future of sovereignty tout court.

Keywords: sovereignty – civilization – Brussels Effect – rule of law – globalisation – EU.

European Papers, Vol. 5, 2020, No 1, pp. 303-306
2499-8249 - doi: 10.15166/2499-8249/380

* Professor of Law, Université Saint-Louis (Bruxelles),


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