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date: 18 June 2019

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This chapter discusses the relationship between international law and EU law. It takes as its starting point the argument that the EU is highly ambivalent towards international law and is happy to straddle the fence: it both taps into and distances itself from international law. The EU’s ambivalence is not merely a recent phenomenon, as has been suggested in the wake of the Kadi saga, but has been a feature of the EU since its early days. This is illustrated by focusing on three distinct themes: the legal position of the EU in international law; the reception of international law in the EU legal order; and treaty conflicts between EU law and international law.

Keywords: international law, EU law, treaty conflict, EU legal order, legal position

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