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Continuity and Change in EU LawEssays in Honour of Sir Francis Jacobs$
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Anthony Arnull, Piet Eeckhout, and Takis Tridimas

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219032.001.0001

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The Changing Role of the Advocate General

The Changing Role of the Advocate General

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(p.20) 2 The Changing Role of the Advocate General
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Continuity and Change in EU Law
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Eleanor Sharpston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219032.003.0002

This chapter discusses the changing role of the Advocate General. Essentially, the Advocates' General contribution is, and remains, quasi-judicial. The Court does not deal with EU law in the abstract; it decides cases. The Advocates General helps it perform that job as effectively as possible. In so doing, they also help to place the Court's decision-making in a wider context. They can make use of the individual freedom that they enjoy to explore, to advise and to warn. Provided the role of the Advocate General is enabled to evolve sensibly, Advocates General are as relevant now as when the Court was founded.

Keywords:   EU, Advocates General, Court of Justice

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