Academy of European Law

Four OUP Publications added to the Academy of European Law 2021 Series

Four new publications have been added to the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law (AEL) 2021 series.

27/09/2021 | News - Publication

In 2021, four more volumes have been added to the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law (AEL) series, published by Oxford University Press. The books are based on lectures given during the Academy Summer Courses in recent years:

  • The UK’s Withdrawal from the EU: A Legal Analysis by Michael Dougan
  • Justifying Contract in Europe: Political Philosophies of European Contract Law by Martijn Hesselink
  • Contemporary Challenges to EU Legality edited by Claire Kilpatrick and Joanne Scott
  • Reframing Human Rights in a Turbulent Era by Gráinne de Búrca

The UK’s Withdrawal from the EU: A Legal Analysis

This new book by Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law at Liverpool Law School, provides a critical analysis of the final EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. The book also carries out an analysis of the implications of Brexit for issues such as the future protection of citizens' rights, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the prospects for future EU-UK relations in fields such as trade and security. The author also investigates the main problems related to the Brexit negotiation process and various constitutional principles relevant to EU withdrawal law.

The volume provides a detailed analysis of developments from the UK referendum in June 2016 until the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement in January 2020.

Justifying Contract in Europe: Political Philosophies of European Contract Law

This new volume by Martijn Hesselink, Professor of Transnational Law and Theory at the EUI, investigates the normative foundations of European contract law. The author offers an overview of fundamental political questions on contract law in Europe from the perspective of leading contemporary political theories: utilitarianism, liberal-egalitarianism, libertarianism, communitarianism, civic republicanism, and discourse theory. The principles and values behind various arguments used in debates about European contract law and its future are fully explored. It further considers alternative scenarios for contract law in the European Union, and how to better justify those parts of the EU contract law acquis worth retaining.

Contemporary Challenges to EU Legality

This volume, edited by Claire Kilpatrick and Joanne Scott, Professors in the EUI Department of Law, focuses on contemporary challenges to EU legality, including actions or activities that cast doubt on, or sit uncomfortably with, the premises, principles, and norms that underpin the EU's legal order as proclaimed by the Treaties and the authoritative judgments of the European Court.

Chapters in the volume are by Kieran Bradley, formerly a judge in the EU Civil Service, Evelien Brouwer from the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, Bruno De Witte, Maastricht University and a part-time Professor at the EUI, Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh, and Ramses A. Wessel, University of Groningen. The authors examine a range of substantive areas including the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the relationship between the EU and international law, migration, the sovereign debt crisis, and Brexit.

Reframing Human Rights in a Turbulent Era

This publication by Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law at New York University, presents an experimentalist account of international human rights law and practice and argues that the human rights movement remains powerful and appealing, with widespread traction in many parts of the globe. Three case studies illuminate the importance and vibrancy of the movement around the world: gender rights in Pakistan, rights of persons with disabilities in Argentina, and children's rights and reproductive rights in Ireland.

The author offers an account of how the human rights movement has helped to promote human rights and positive social change, and she argues that the challenges of the current era provide good reasons to reform, innovative and strengthen the movement.

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