Do Environmental Rules and Standards Affect Firms’ Competitive Ability?

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Table of Contents: I. The economic background. – II. Economics v. law: a different approach. – III. The evolution of EU environmental law: from a neo-classical vision to the precautionary principle. – IV. The intensity of EU environmental protection and its capability to affect EU firms’ ability to compete. – V. Main features of...

Loyalty Matters: The Delicate Balance Between Jurisdictional Competition and Political Order

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. Jurisdictional competition and the virtues of exit. – III. Democratic competition and the virtues of voice and loyalty. – IV. Too much opening? The EU’s political predicament. – V. Conclusion.

Abstract: Supporters of regulatory competition typically claim...

Sociological Shortcomings and Normative Deficits of Regulatory Competition

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Table of Contents: I. Back to the beginnings: the origins of a new paradigm. – II. The conceptual gist of the controversy. – III. “Back to the Nation State” or “More Europe”: Wolfgang Streeck v. Jürgen Habermas. – IV. Institutionalising the united in diversity vision. – V. Instead of an epilogue.

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The False Commodity in the European Game of Legal Chairs: Between the Ideal of Regulatory Competition and the Practice of Capitalism Triumphant

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Table of Contents: I. From the legal regulation of cross-border relations to systematic policy and regulatory competition. – II. European Community law as the discipline of cross-border legal relations. – II.1. Community law as the European law of conflict: coordinating public power through law. – II.2. The limits of Community law as European law of...

Regulatory Competition in the EU: Foundations, Tools and Implications – Introduction

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Abstract: The Special Section investigates, from a multidisciplinary perspective, foundations, tools and implications of regulatory competition in the EU legal order. The analysis takes the view that regulatory competition is not just an inevitable corollary of the creation of the internal market, but it is the result of political choices made to...

Some Reflections on Achmea’s Broader Consequences for Investment Arbitration

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. A delicate good: autonomy of the EU legal order. – III. Consequences for CETA’s Investment Court System. – IV. Intra-EU BITs: national courts as the guardian of the Union of law. – V. Autonomy as an obstacle to the Union submitting to the jurisdiction of international courts or tribunals. – VI. The future of...

Achmea Between the Orthodoxy of the Court of Justice and Its Multi-faceted Implications: An Introduction

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. Achmea, from the perspective of international investment law specialists. – III. An impressive set of consequences inferred from Achmea. – IV. Achmea and the European integration process.

Abstract: The Achmea case has...

The 2019 Elections and the Future Role of the European Parliament: Upsetting the Institutional Balance?

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The elections of May 26 have been welcomed with a sense of relief by the inhabitants of the European districts in Brussels and Strasbourg. If, on the eve of the elections’ day, the dominant mood was fear of a euro-sceptic landslide, that would have deepened the cleavage between peoples and elites and shaken at its roots the process of integration, this mood has gradually...

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