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European Integration and the ECJ The role of the European Court of Justice in the integration of the European Community

Svensson, Susanne (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The European Court of Justice was established in 1951, with the purpose of interpretating the Treaty of Rome. Since then, the Court has constantly refined and expanded its parameters, thereby becoming an important catalyst for the integrational process of the European Community, expanding and pushing integration forward in every field of Community life. The Court´s case law is a manifestation of its creative and extensive interpretation of the Treaty of Rome and has created two of the most influential legal concepts within the history of the Community, the doctrine of direct effect and the notion of supremacy. It is a fact that without these two tools the integrational process of the Community would not have developed into what it is... (More)
The European Court of Justice was established in 1951, with the purpose of interpretating the Treaty of Rome. Since then, the Court has constantly refined and expanded its parameters, thereby becoming an important catalyst for the integrational process of the European Community, expanding and pushing integration forward in every field of Community life. The Court´s case law is a manifestation of its creative and extensive interpretation of the Treaty of Rome and has created two of the most influential legal concepts within the history of the Community, the doctrine of direct effect and the notion of supremacy. It is a fact that without these two tools the integrational process of the Community would not have developed into what it is today.

This paper examines the progressive and influential work of the Court, and the effects of this work as part of the ongoing process of European integration. It describes the structure of the Court, and the role and purpose of the Court as an actor within the Community, defines the concepts of integration and integration through law in an European context, and finally points out some of the most important decisions of the Court and what these decisions have done for the integrational process of the European Community. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Susanne
supervisor
organization
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
'European Court of Justice', 'European integration', 'direct effect', supremacy, 'integration through law', Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
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1316466
date added to LUP
2009-01-20
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2009-01-28
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  abstract     = {The European Court of Justice was established in 1951, with the purpose of interpretating the Treaty of Rome. Since then, the Court has constantly refined and expanded its parameters, thereby becoming an important catalyst for the integrational process of the European Community, expanding and pushing integration forward in every field of Community life. The Court´s case law is a manifestation of its creative and extensive interpretation of the Treaty of Rome and has created two of the most influential legal concepts within the history of the Community, the doctrine of direct effect and the notion of supremacy. It is a fact that without these two tools the integrational process of the Community would not have developed into what it is today.

This paper examines the progressive and influential work of the Court, and the effects of this work as part of the ongoing process of European integration. It describes the structure of the Court, and the role and purpose of the Court as an actor within the Community, defines the concepts of integration and integration through law in an European context, and finally points out some of the most important decisions of the Court and what these decisions have done for the integrational process of the European Community.},
  author       = {Svensson, Susanne},
  keyword      = {'European Court of Justice','European integration','direct effect',supremacy,'integration through law',Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {European Integration and the ECJ The role of the European Court of Justice in the integration of the European Community},
  year         = {2008},
}