Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law

Hardcover | April 23, 2016

byJoris Larik

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Presenting the first comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law, Joris Larik confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and the European Union. Closely examining the provisions of foreignpolicy objectives, Larik differentiates their legal force and functions, situating them into the overall legal order of the state, the EU, and the composite "European constitutional space". He argues that the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a progression in the evolution of therole of the constitution: from limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the wider world. Advancing a comparative constitutional perspective for the study of EU external relations, this volume contributes a constitutional dimension to the "normative power" debate in the study of EU foreign policy. Drawing on established national doctrines on constitutional objectives from Germany,France, and India, the book provides a common vocabulary for coming to terms with foreign policy objectives as legal norms across different jurisdictions. In the pluralist context and closely intertwined legal orders of the EU and its Member States, it shows how objectives help to channel theindividual ambitions of the Member States through the Union framework towards a more coherent external action. Furthermore, the book connects its legal findings with the debate on the EU as an actor in international relations, exploring the role of these norms in inter-institutional struggles andprocesses of identity-shaping, legitimation, and socialization.

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Presenting the first comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law, Joris Larik confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and the European Union. Closely examining the provisions of foreignpolicy objectives, Larik differentiates their le...

Dr. Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, European, and International Law at Leiden University and Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. His work focuses on the law and policy aspects of regional organizations as actors in world politics, comparative and multilevel constitutional law, and global gove...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Europe's International Ambitions as a Topic of Constitutional Law1. Understanding Constitutional Foreign Policy Objectives: Insights from Comparative Constitutional Law2. The Substance of Constitutional Foreign Policy Objectives3. Foreign Policy Objectives as Norms of EU Constitutional Law4. E Pluribus Cohaerente: Foreign Policy Objectives in the European Constitutional Space5. 'Normative Power' and the Power(lessness) of Norms: Constitutional Foreign Policy Objectives and the Theories of International RelationsConclusion: European Constitutional Law between 'Worldy Ambition' and Spes Saeculi