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Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott publishes edited volume on fundamental rights in the EU

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'Research Handbook on EU Law and Human Rights' has been published by Edward Elgar. The book is edited by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Anniversary Chair in Law, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Nicholas Hatzis, Senior Lecturer, City, University of London, UK.

The place of human rights in EU law has been a central issue in contemporary debates about the character of the European Union as a political organisation. This Research Handbook explores the principles underlying fundamental rights norms and the way such norms operate in the case law of the Court of Justice.

Leading scholars in the field discuss both the effect of rights on substantive areas of EU law and the role of EU institutions in protecting them. Organised into three parts, their contributions examine the current state of the law as well as the direction of future developments in the field. The first part discusses the normative and doctrinal framework for the protection of human rights in the EU. The second part focuses on EU external relations and on the interaction between EU law and other sources of human rights rules such as the European Convention on Human Rights and international law. Finally, the third part considers the influence of human rights in areas where the EU takes action.

Timely and astute, this Research Handbook will appeal to students and scholars of European law and human rights law. It will also prove a valuable and comprehensive resource for practitioners, policymakers, NGO and government officials.


‘Does the protection of human rights go too far, or not far enough? How should we decide? This book of essays by distinguished judges, academics and practitioners explains the problems and offers a kaleidoscope of interesting criticisms and new ideas. It shows the range and complexity of the ethical, political and legal issues that we need to think about and discuss. There are no easy answers.’
– Sir David Edward, University of Edinburgh, UK and former Judge of the European Court of Justice

‘The Research Handbook on EU Law and Human Rights provides one of the most comprehensive contemporary analyses of the Union’s law and policy in the field of human rights and marks an important and original contribution on the subject. Gathering contributions from top experts in the field, it combines breadth and depth and offers critical insights from diverse perspectives. The book critiques fundamental rights narratives and assesses the current law in many areas. Combining transversal and thematic approaches, this is European law discourse at its best.’
– Takis Tridimas, King's College London, UK



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