In recent years, the EU has negotiated a number of so-called 'new generation' free trade agreements (FTAs) with a significant number of emerging and industrialized partners, such as Canada, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and others. This timely book gives an overview of the main constitutional issues the EU faces in negotiating, concluding and implementing these FTAs.
Featuring contributions by international specialists on EU external action, this book demonstrates why these FTAs have become challenging for the EU, as well as analysing how the EU has dealt with its institutional constraints in order to remain a major international trade actor. Chapters first examine questions around EU competences and democratic issues raised by these agreements, before dealing with their implementation and enforcement, approaching these topics specifically from an EU law perspective. Drawing on a broader research project conducted by the well-regarded LAwTTIP network, this invaluable book addresses contemporary debates and future challenges for EU institutions and Member States.
Scholars and advanced students of international economic relations and international and European economic law, particularly those with an interest in EU external action, will find this book essential reading. It will also prove useful to those working in EU institutions and WTO administration.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm
'This book could not come at a more appropriate time. New trade agreements between the EU and major trading partners around the world are giving rise to important questions about trade policy and the relationship between EU and international law. Opinions of the EU Court of Justice are proving controversial, and legal difficulties surround attempts by the UK to contemplate its own trade deals. This book's penetrating and well argued discussions of these issues by European experts could not be more topical or more relevant.' -- Sir Francis Jacobs, King's College London, UK
'This publication, edited by Professor Isabelle Bosse-Platiere and Professor Cecile Rapoport, is the first of a series of three volumes being prepared within the LawTTIP Jean Monnet Network of the University of Bologna, King's College, London and the University of Rennes I. It could not come at a more timely moment. In recent years, and notwithstanding the suspension of the negotiations on the bilateral trade and investment agreement between the EU and the US, a particularly complex labyrinth of bilateral free trade agreements has been established with a variety of important partners of the EU in the world. While this unprecedented development, no doubt, is a demonstration of the dynamic character of the EU's external trade policy, it also gives rise to important constitutional and even existential questions. For the first time, a comprehensive legal analysis of this recent practice is now being made available, and every practitioner and scholar in EU external relations will benefit enormously from the immense in-depth research which has been undertaken.' -- Marc Maresceau, Ghent University, Belgium