Between Autonomy and Dependence

The EU Legal Order under the Influence of International Organisations

  • Ramses A. Wessel
  • Steven Blockmans

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Conceptual and Institutional Questions: Between Autonomy and Dependence

  3. The Normative Impact of Decisions and Practices of International Organisations

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 313-340

About this book


The European Union’s legal order is traditionally seen as largely autonomous within the global legal system. At the same time, the EU is an important player in the global governance network and has revealed its dependence on international law and international normative processes. The strong and explicit link between the EU and a large number of other international organisations raises questions concerning the impact of decisions taken by those organisations and of international agreements concluded with those organisations on the autonomy of the EU legal order. While the relationship between international and EU law as such is a popular academic theme, the increasing influence of norms enacted by international organisations and more loosely structured bodies on the shaping of the EU and its legal order has never before been studied in a similar comprehensive fashion.

In this book, prominent academics and leading practitioners explore a wide variety of legal issues pertaining to the influence of the most prominent universal and regional international organisations and bodies on the EU’s legal order, its institutional design and operational experiences. As such, this book will be of much value to academics, policy makers, civil servants, lawyers and judges with an interest in the interaction of international law and EU law, as well as the relations between the European Union and other international organisations.


Autonomy EU legal order Dependence EU legal order EU Legal order European union International organisations

Editors and affiliations

  • Ramses A. Wessel
    • 1
  • Steven Blockmans
    • 2
  1. 1., Centre for European StudiesUniversity of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2., Unit on EU Foreign PolicyCentre for European Policy StudiesBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C.ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2013
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-6704-902-3
  • Online ISBN 978-90-6704-903-0
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