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Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of Europe

Wojciech Sadurski


After the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the newly democratized countries of this region joined two main pan‐European political and legal structures: the Council of Europe and the European Union. This book shows how the eastward enlargement of these two structures fostered the ‘constitutionalization’ both of the Council of Europe and of the EU. As for the human‐rights focused Council of Europe, the book shows that its main judicial body, the European Court of Human Rights, became a quasi ‘constitutional court’ of Europe as a result of the widening of its agenda and the result ... More

Keywords: EU law, enlargement, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, conditionality, democratization, post-Communism, Central and Eastern Europe, transitional democracy, constitutional courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wojciech Sadurski, author
Challis Professor of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney