Constitutional Life and Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice


Gibbs, Alun Howard (2011) Constitutional Life and Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Ashgate, 168pp. (Applied Legal Philosophy).

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The challenge of thinking about the place of constitutionalism beyond the conventional categories of the nation state has become a principal concern for legal and political scholars. This book casts this issue in a different light by exploring the implications for the constitutionalism of legal integration in the European Union's 'area of freedom, security and justice'. In doing so it makes a novel contribution to an understanding of the European Union as a political community beyond the state, but in addition explores how this entails thinking differently about what is essential concerning constitutionalism. The book argues that instead of seeking to theorise constitutional foundations we actually begin to encounter the constitutional life implied by political and legal practices in the European Union and as exemplified here by 'the area of freedom, security and justice'.

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Additional Information: This book considers the constitutional implications of legal integration regarding internal security matters in the EU. It argues that constitutional theory is crucial to addressing legality and accountability concerns raised by the legal practices of the EU's 'Area of Freedom, Security and Justice' (AFSJ). The volume addresses the question of what it means to 'think constitutionally' about this new and fast developing area of EU integration. In so doing the book furthers the research in this field by exploring the constitutional implications of the AFSJ and, in addition, considers foundational issues in respect of constitutional theory.
ISBNs: 9781409402695 (hardback)
9781409402701 (electronic)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Law
ePrint ID: 178421
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:29
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/178421

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