The Europeanization of Law

  • Cristina Ferreira
Conference paper


The aim of this paper is to briefly analyse the different possible perspectives from which the notion of “Europeanization of Law” can be studied. This notion is commonly used to express the ongoing process of legal integration of the European Union, either in the fields of private law or public law. Indeed, during the last decades, academic researchers have devoted their studies on the impact of European law within Member States' legal orders. However, under this notion lies a challenging, complex and sui generis phenomenon that can be subject to other approaches, such as the use of European Law as a genuine and autonomous source of law in Member States' legal orders that can be applied to pure national cases or even to cases outside its own boundaries. We hope that the views expressed in this paper may contribute to the theme of our debate: “Evolution and interaction of the three legal systems: Romano—Germanic, Common Law, Socialist”.


European Union National Court Legal Order Economic European Area Financial Action Task Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Ferreira
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  1. 1.International Law Office, Macau Invited LecturerMacau UniversityMacau

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