The Ethos of Europe: Values, Law and Justice in the EU

The Ethos of Europe: Values, Law and Justice in the EU

by Andrew Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 052111828X

ISBN-13: 9780521118286

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Can the EU become a 'just' institution? Andrew Williams considers this highly charged political and moral question by examining the role of five salient values said to be influential in the governance and law of the Union: peace, the rule of law, respect for human rights, democracy, and liberty. He assesses each of these as elements of an apparent 'institutional…  See more details below

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Can the EU become a 'just' institution? Andrew Williams considers this highly charged political and moral question by examining the role of five salient values said to be influential in the governance and law of the Union: peace, the rule of law, respect for human rights, democracy, and liberty. He assesses each of these as elements of an apparent 'institutional ethos' and philosophy of EU law and finds that justice as a governing ideal has failed to be taken seriously in the EU. To remedy this condition, he proposes a new set of principles upon which justice might be brought more to the fore in the Union's governance. By focusing on the realisation of human rights as a core institutional value, Williams argues that the EU can better define its moral limits so as to evolve as a more just project.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521118286
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 The ethos of Europe: an introduction 1

2 Peace 22

3 The rule of law 70

4 Human rights 110

5 Democracy 154

6 Liberty 197

7 The institutional ethos of the EU 242

8 Towards the EU as a just institution 283

9 Concluding proposals 314

Bibliography 340

Index 354

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