EU Law Beyond EU Borders: What Are the Effects?

Published 18 May 2015

In a brand new project that was launched on the 13th of May in Utrecht, researchers from CLEER and RENFORCE outlined the theme of the project and presented their initial findings. The main goal of the project is to assess how far the ripples of EU law advance and the impact that EU law has beyond the jurisdiction of the General Court, the ECJ and EU Member States’ national courts. There is a growing body of literature on the effects of international law on EU law. However, practice suggests that EU law gains momentum well beyond its jurisdiction. This is a niche that becomes more relevant in courts but that is yet to be highlighted in academia, all of which suggests that the CLEER/RENFORCE project is going to tap into a promising and rapidly developing field.

The launch event featured an introduction to the project; the topics covered included the state of the art in EU external relations law, EU extraterritoriality and global values, and the evolving relation between EU law and international law. The presentations prepared the ground for topical issues which will be discussed in the upcoming papers. As the overarching theme of the external effects of EU law is to be regarded as an umbrella theme, individual contributions take various approaches as well as focus on different aspects of EU law. For example, one of the contributions will be based on EU aviation regulation in US courts, and on how and under what circumstances US citizens can bring a case in US courts based on EU regulations. Other topics that surfaced in the presentations include the autonomy of EU law in EU external relations, the question of extraterritoriality and EU climate change measures. The CLEER/RENFORCE project envisions a flexible publishing policy which means that contributions are going to be published as they come rather than be collected for publishing in a volume at the end of the project.

Some CLEER members and friends have taken part in the event and are expected to contribute to the project. Among them Jan Willem van Rossem, Ramses Wessel, Wybe Douma, Andrea Ott and Luca Pantaleo.