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Common European Legal Thinking

Essays in Honour of Albrecht Weber

  • Hermann-Josef Blanke
  • Pedro Cruz Villalón
  • Tonio Klein
  • Jacques Ziller


  • Deals with the principles of a common European law and its development

  • Offers a rich variety of topics and new perspectives on various issues of European legal thinking

  • With contributors of scholars and practitioners: a valuable contribution to the research on the constitutional and administrative law of the Union and the Member States


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Francisco Fernández Segado
    Pages 1-26
  3. Franz Cromme
    Pages 57-79
  4. José Manuel M. Cardoso da Costa
    Pages 115-123
  5. Ulrich Häde
    Pages 197-219
  6. Hermann-Josef Blanke, Robert Böttner
    Pages 243-286
  7. Peter-Christian Müller-Graff
    Pages 287-301
  8. Eberhard Eichenhofer
    Pages 343-361

About this book


Common European Legal Thinking emanates from the existence of a shared European legal culture as especially reflected in the existence of a common European constitutional law. It denotes a body of individual constitutional principles – written and unwritten – that represent the common heritage of the constitutions of the Member States. Taking into account the two major European organisations, the Council of Europe and especially the European Union, the essays of this Festschrift discuss a range of constitutional principles, including the rule of law, democracy, and the exercise of political power in a multilevel system which recognises fundamental rights as directly applicable and supreme law. Other essays examine the value of pluralism, the commitment of private organisations to uphold public values, principles or rules, and the objectives and methods of a transnational science of administrative law. These articles highlight the fact that the Ius Publicum Europaeum Commune is “politically” in the making, which can often be seen in the shape of general legal principles. The publication recognises the role of Albrecht Weber as a forerunner of Common European Legal Thinking.


European Union Ius Publicum Europaeum Commune Legal Thinking Legal principles Member States

Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann-Josef Blanke
    • 1
  • Pedro Cruz Villalón
    • 2
  • Tonio Klein
    • 3
  • Jacques Ziller
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty for Economics, Law and Social ScUniversity of ErfurtErfurtGermany
  2. 2.Court of Justice of the European UnionLuxembourgLuxembourg
  3. 3.University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Public Management in the State of Lower SaxonyHannoverGermany
  4. 4.Università di PaviaPaviaItaly

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