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Foreign Policy BreakthroughsCases in Successful Diplomacy$
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Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226114.001.0001

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The European Union as a Community of Law

The European Union as a Community of Law

Achieving Diplomatic Goals through Legal Means?

(p.173) 8 The European Union as a Community of Law
Foreign Policy Breakthroughs

Mark Dawson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between legal and diplomatic actors in advancing European integration. By examining case studies in two different fields—the establishment of the common market and the enlargement of the EU at the turn of the century—the chapter argues that law acted as an important lever to institutionalize and diffuse interstate conflicts that could not be resolved by traditional diplomatic means. Although the capacity of institutions to foster diplomatic goals has been bruised in the previous decade of the EU’s existence, it is argued that legal procedures are likely to continue to play a prominent role in the EU’s political and diplomatic future.

Keywords:   European Union, International Organizations, European Integration, EU enlargement, international courts, EU Law

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