The Rule of Law in the EU: Crisis and Solutions
The EU Treaties proclaim the rule of law to be one of the Union’s founding values. Ongoing violations of it are therefore a major concern. In this SIEPS anthology, prominent legal scholars, political scientists and practitioners consider the scale of problem and examine attempted and potential solutions. (2023:1op)
In the last decade, it has become increasingly clear that respect for the rule of law has weakened. This situation is called a crisis because the potential consequences are serious for the EU as a system: what is at stake is the smooth functioning of the Union, its credibility vis-à-vis its citizens and the wider world; its very identity as a club of prosperous, functioning democracies. The EU has for some years tried to solve these problems using political, legal, and financial tools. However, these attempts have thus far come to little.
Published on the occasion of a major conference on the topic of the crisis, this collection of essays discusses the present state of the rule of law in the EU and its possible futures. The authors consider the actions already taken to address the crisis, and consider what more could or should be done. Paying attention areas that have not been extensively discussed, previously, it seeks to draw lessons from past experiences and chart a concrete path for future action.
Essays by R. Daniel Kelemen, Dimitry Kochenov and Andreas Moberg consider the use of Article 7 TEU, the treaty article intended to protect the EU’s fundamental values.
Contributions by Kim Lane Scheppele and John Morijn, Anna Wójcik, Xavier Groussot and Anna Zemskova examine the effectiveness of the attempts to foster compliance using financial tools.
Ian Manners considers the external dimensions of the crisis, setting it in the context of a rising wave of autocracy around the world.
In their contributions, Armin von Bogdandy and András Sajó discuss how the rule of law might be restored.
Three essays, by Monica Claes, Luke Dimitrios Spieker and Allan Rosas, focus on how to defend the other fundamental EU values, in particular democracy and human rights.
Finally, Jane Reichel suggests that a new approach is needed to the rule of administrative law, and Joakim Nergelius describes the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The collection is edited by Anna Södersten and Edwin Hercock.