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Craig & De Burca: EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials 6e

From the authors

The period between the fifth and sixth editions of EU Law Text, Cases, and Materials has seen the new provisions of the Lisbon Treaty tested. This is evident in relation to, for example, the hierarchy of norms, in which the post-Lisbon divide between legislative, delegated and implementing acts has continued to occupy the attention of the EU political institutions and the CJEU; it is apparent in relation to the Lisbon distinctions between different types of competence; and it is evident yet again when assessing the impact of the Charter of Rights becoming formally binding.

It was hoped that the advent of the Lisbon Treaty, duly ratified after a decade of attempts at Treaty reform, would signal a period of relative calm, in which the EU institutions could concentrate on substantive issues of concern to Europe and its citizens. The reality proved otherwise, since the coming into effect of the new Treaty was overshadowed by the financial crisis, which has occupied a considerable part of the EU's time since 2009. There has nonetheless been considerable legislative activity in other areas, and the EU courts have given important decisions across the spectrum of EU law.

The 6th edition has incorporated the changes in all these areas. We have always taken the revision process for this book very seriously, and this is equally so for this edition. We have sought to maintain the elements of the book which have made it a favourite, with the need to accurately reflect the changes in the post-Lisbon world.

The process of revising an edition is never a case of bolting on new material, everything is up for grabs and has to earn its place in the chapter. We also always consider whether the material can be expressed more clearly. The text features such as the opening central issues have been praised by reviewers as offering students useful 'hand holds' and we are preserving and enhancing them with additional pointers.

In a co-authored book we are very aware of the need to present a coherent voice to the reader. We share responsibility for each of the chapters and always review and critique each other's work.

EU Law Text, Cases, and Materials has earned a reputation over its lifetime with reviewers using words such as "definitive" and "classic", and whilst this is gratifying for us to hear, it is just as important to us that we present a textbook that can be used and understood by serious students at all levels. To achieve this objective we always lay the foundations clearly before proceeding to more complex points. Each chapter therefore builds through the basic rules of law, before entering into policy discussion and the cutting edge of current debates.