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European Constitutionalism

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives


Alexandre Dupeyrix and Gérard Raulet

The deep economic crisis that Europe has been facing for several years can be seen as both a cause and a consequence of the political indecision with which the European Community or European Union has been living for so long now. The end-goal of this unique political project has never been clarified. While its objective – to guarantee peace, security, justice and wealth – was certainly explicit from the start and has been repeated in the various treaties underlying the Community or Union, the institutional and political means necessary to attain these goals have so far remained undetermined. In these times of turmoil, this lack of clarity turns out to be a latent defect within the EU.
The issue of European constitutionalism paradigmatically illustrates the conceptual, political and legal difficulties that confront us when we try to define the EU and imagine its possible developments and transformations. It emphasizes one of the paradoxes of the European project: it is unable to develop without constitutionalizing the European legal framework but also unable to find the appropriate manner in which to do so, or gain the support of the European peoples. These difficulties are caused by a variety of historical, conceptual and legal factors, which the present volume attempts to identify and discuss.
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The Authors

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Violeta Beširević is a Professor of Law at Union University Law School Belgrade, Serbia. Her recent works include Public Law in Serbia: Twenty Years After, ed. (London, European Public Law Organization & Esperia Publications Ltd, 2012); “A Short Guide To Militant Democracy: Some Remarks on the Strasbourg Jurisprudence”, in European Yearbook of Human Rights 2012, eds. Wolfgang Benedek et al., Antwerp, Intersentia, Wien, NW Verlag, 2012, pp. 243-258. She also authored the book Euthanasia: Legal Principles and Policy Choices, Florence, European Press Academic Publishing, 2006.

Patrice Canivez, Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Lille, is Chair of the Institute Eric Weil and member of the research group UMR 8163 “Savoirs, Textes, Langage”. His most significant works include: Eduquer le citoyen?, Paris, Hatier, 1995 (2nd ed.); Weil, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2004 (2nd ed.); Qu’est-ce que la nation?, Paris, Vrin, 2004; L’Ethique et le soi chez Paul Ricoeur (P. Canivez et L. Couloubaritsis eds.), V. d’Ascq, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2013. Recent publications include: “Pathologies of Recognition”, in Philosophy and Social Criticism, October 2011, 37: 851-887; “Paul Ricoeur et l’éthique aristotélicienne” in L’Ethique et le soi chez Paul Ricoeur, op. cit.

Nenad Dimitrijević is Professor in the Department of Political Science of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Selected works: Duty to Respond. Mass Crime, Denial, and Collective Responsibility (Budapest, CEU Press, 2011); five entries in Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012); “Moral Knowledge and Mass Crime:...

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