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The Legal Personality of the European Union. Egmont European Affairs Publication, 2007

de Schoutheete, Philippe, and Andoura, Sami. (2007) The Legal Personality of the European Union. Egmont European Affairs Publication, 2007. [Working Paper]

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    European treaties are notorious for legal ambiguities and internal contradictions resulting from precarious compromises between opposing views. The matter of the legal personality of the European Union is a good example of this and, given its potential importance, it is worthy of some attention. There is little doubt that the European Union has implicitly acquired an international legal personality. It fulfils the conditions set by international law, in particular the International Court of Justice, for the recognition of this status. And international practice has confirmed it: a large number of states have concluded, in recent years, international agreements with the Union and accepted its representatives. In 1996, the Reflection Group preparing the Amsterdam negotiations said that the Union “did not exist” on the international scene. That would no longer be true today. The Union is a recognised actor in its own right.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > European Affairs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 May 2009
    Page Range: p. 9
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58

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