Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law




Author: Robert Uerpmann

Title: International Law as an Element of European Constitutional Law: International Supplementary Constitutions


This paper deals with the attitude of European constitutional law towards international treaty systems. EU law disposes of efficient means to comply with international legal standards: accession, legal succession, autonomous references (e.g. Art. 6 [2] EU), and general principles of law. The Community institutions are, however, quite reluctant to limit their scope of action and to compromise the autonomy of EU law. The ECJ has excluded automatic internal effects of WTO law. Autonomous references and the concept of general principles make the compliance with ECHR standards a matter of EU institutions alone. Even though or perhaps just because the EU is relatively young, it sticks to concepts of sovereignty which European nation states have overcome.

Download: PDF * | RTF**

* The free viewer (Acrobat Reader) for PDF file is available at the Adobe Systems.

** rtf is a (more or less) universally readable format. Just download the file, which can be opened in most word processors.

This site is part of the Academy of European Law online, a joint partnership of the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law and
of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute.
Questions or comments about this site?