The EU as a global rule of law promoter: the consistency and effectiveness challenges

Pech, Laurent ORCID: (2016) The EU as a global rule of law promoter: the consistency and effectiveness challenges. Asia Europe Journal, 14 (1) . pp. 7-24. ISSN 1610-2932 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s10308-015-0432-z)

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This paper aims to examine the consistency and effectiveness of the EU as a global promoter of values by focusing on the rule of law, one of the key values on which the EU is based and which is also supposed to guide the EU’s external action. The paper first offers the diagnosis that the EU has failed to properly address a number of key issues: (i) what the EU seeks to promote under the heading ‘rule of law’; (ii) how it measures and monitors a country’s adherence to this principle and (iii) the disconnect between its external and internal policies and instruments. To address these issues, four key recommendations are made: (i) the adoption of a guidance note; (ii) the development of a transversal measurement and monitoring instrument; (iv) the adoption of a rule of law checklist and (iv) the revision of the role of EU Fundamental Rights Agency, with the view of transforming it into a ‘Copenhagen Commission’ with new powers and a broader geographical remit.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 23666
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Depositing User: Laurent Pech
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 18:41

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