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European Union Law

Fourth Edition

Steve Peers and Catherine Barnard

24 May 2023

ISBN: 9780192863836

1,040 pages

Price: £39.99

World-leading experts inspire students with case-focused coverage of EU law



Written by experts, this innovative textbook offers students a relevant, contextual account of EU law. Under the experienced editorship of Catherine Barnard and Steve Peers, the text draws together a range of expert contributors for rich understanding of each area of the EU law curriculum and to introduce students to key debates in the subject

  • Unique multi-contributor textbook, draws together leading experts in the field to provide an introduction to the key principles and perspectives of EU law
  • Written and edited by an experienced team of academics, teachers and practitioners from across Europe
  • A consistently engaging writing style and clear structure ensures every chapter is accessible for students with no prior knowledge of EU law, while still dealing with complex issues and debates to support further study and assessment preparation
  • Critical case studies are included throughout the book, illustrating how EU law functions in practice and presenting a distillation of the key cases to help prepare students for exams and further study
  • Broad coverage ensures the text is suitable for all undergraduate EU law courses, including comprehensive coverage of institutional EU law and the four freedoms as well as chapters on more specialised areas such as competition law, EU criminal law, and health law
  • Diagrams are used regularly throughout the text to clarify areas of difficulty and help students consolidate their understanding of complex processes and structures within the EU
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • New chapter on public services
  • An updated new section on the rule of law
  • More coverage on data protection
  • Update of the Brexit chapter

About the Author(s)

Steve Peers, University of Essex, and Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law and Labour Law and Senior Tutor, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Catherine Barnard is Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law at the University of Cambridge. She is also Senior Tutor of Trinity College. She specializes in European Union law, labour and discrimination law, and competition law.

Steve Peers is a British academic and an expert on the European Union. He is a Professor in the School of Law at the University of Essex. He is also the author of the popular blog eulawanalysis.blogspot.co.uk which offers his, and a variety of well-respected contributors', views on all the key developments in EU law.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction, Catherine Barnard & Steve Peers
    2:Development of the EU, Paul Craig
    3:The EU's political institutions, Steve Peers
    4:Constitutionalism and the European Union, Robert Schutze
    5:Legislating in the European Union, Kieran St. C. Bradley
    6:The effects of EU law in the national legal systems, Michal Bobek
    7:EU law: is it international law?, Bruno de Witte
    8:General principles of EU law and EU administrative law, Herwig C H Hofman
    9:Fundamental rights in the European Union, Eleanor Spaventa
    10:Judicial protection before the Court of Justice of the European Union, Albertina Aalbors-Llorens
    11:The internal market and the philosophies of market integration, Jukka Snell
    12:Free movement of goods, Martin Martinez Navarro
    13:Free movement of natural persons and citizens, Catherine Barnard
    14:Free movement of legal persons and the provision of services, Catherine Barnard and Jukka Snell
    15:Free movement of capital, Leo Flynn
    16:Exceptions to the free movement rules, Niamh Nic Shuibhne
    17:Competition law, Christopher Townley
    18:Public Services, Oke Odudu and Albert Sanchez Graells
    19:Economic and monetary union, Alicia Hinarejos
    20:Labour and equality law, Mia Ronnmar
    21:EU health law, Tamara Hervey
    22:Environmental law, Elisa Morgera and Kati Kulovesi
    23:European Union consumer law, Geraint Howells and Jonathon Watson
    24:EU criminal law, Andras Csuri
    25:Immigration and asylum, Steve Peers
    26:EU external action, Geert De Baere
    27:Brexit, Steve Peers and Darren Harvey

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The fourth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
    As the process of the UK leaving the EU unfolds, readers can also visit the OUP Brexit and EU Law online resources for up-to-date comment, opinion, and updates created by our authors to engage students with the legal and political issues and considerations at play.

    The book is accompanied by online resources which include:
    - Downloadable Table of Equivalences to help you follow case law
    - Downloadable flowcharts and figures from the book, clarifying key concepts and processes
    - A hub of Brexit-related resources to help you gain a better understanding of the issues at play

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