Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 November 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The philosophy of EU law builds upon the philosophy of law in general and the philosophy of the EU in general. It enriches, and is enriched by, our understanding of both. In particular, the philosophy of EU law tracks and examines the intersection of four core legal philosophical questions in light of the peculiarities of the EU. First, there is the overall justification of the authority of the EU legal order, and of the EU as a socio-political project more generally. Secondly, the inquiry addresses the deep normative orientation and interpretive grain of EU law. Thirdly, it asks how EU law operates as a valid and effective framework of practical reasoning. How does EU law work as law? And finally, questions of the integrity or coherence of EU law, in particular its relationship, both continuous and discontinuous, with member state legal systems are examined.

Keywords: EU, authority, justification, interpretation, coherence, practical reasoning, validity, pluralism, integrity, legal system

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.