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European Union Law

Second Edition

Edited by Catherine Barnard and Steve Peers

August 2017

ISBN: 9780198789130

976 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, case-focused account of EU law. Under the experienced editorship of Catherine Barnard and Steve Peers, the text draws together a range of perspectives on EU law designed to introduce students to the key debates and case law which shape this vast 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

New to this edition

  • The core chapters (chapters 1 to 17) have been expanded to better match core coverage on EU law course
  • Increased coverage of citizenship and freedom of movement in chapter 12, 13 and 14
  • New Brexit chapter, covering how the proposed exit of the UK from the European Union will affect the other member states

About the Author(s)

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

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 varity 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 Schütze
    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. Hofmann
    9: Fundamental rights in the European Union, Eleanor Spaventa
    10: Judicial protection before the Court of Justice of the European Union, Albertina Albors-Llorens
    11: The internal market and the philosophies of market integration, Jukka Snell
    12: Free movement of goods, Peter Oliver & Martin Martinez Navarro
    13: Free movement of natural persons and citizenship, Catherine Barnard
    14: Free movement of legal persons and the provision of services, Catherine Barnard with Jukka Snell
    15: Free movement of capital, Leo Flynn
    16: Exceptions to the free movement rules, Niamh Nic Shuibhne
    17: Competition law, Alison Jones & Christopher Townley
    18: Public services and EU law, Leigh Hancher & Wolf Sauter
    19: Economic and monetary union, Alicia Hinarejos
    20: Labour and equality law, Mia Rönnmar
    21: EU health law, Tamara Hervey
    22: Environmental law, Elisa Morgera
    23: European Union consumer law, Geraint Howells
    24: EU external action, Geert De Baere
    25: EU criminal law, John R. Spencer
    26: Immigration and asylum, Steve Peers
    27: Brexit, Steve Peers with Darren Harvey


"Review from previous edition An EU law book which I have actually enjoyed reading! Very concise, using modern examples to illustrate fact and analysis. An interesting and thought provoking approach." - Kate Taylor, LLB Student, University of Cardiff

"The chapters are written by many world-class professors yet are very appropriate for students, easy to understand and an enjoyable read." - Meraj Sakaria, LLB Student, Swansea University

"This is a particularly strong textbook which introduces the reader comfortably into the subject by giving the historical and political context. What often lets students down is their understanding of cases, yet by including in-depth case analyses the authors deepen this understanding." - Ronan Buist, LLB Student, Dundee University

"Unique in its breadth of coverage, this is one of the most up to date, authoritative, and comprehensive EU law textbooks." - Francesco de Cecco, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle University

"The engaging style and manner of the authors makes this accessible to all students, the pitch is perfect. Clearly the authors have a passion, which is infectious." - Dewi Williams, Senior Lecturer, Staffordshire University

"The book offers the necessary level of detail, but also a well-handled overall thematic narrative that would help a student see the woods as well as the trees." - Stephen Weatherill, Fellow and Professor of European Law, Somerville College, University of Oxford

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