German constitutional court bows to Europe

Tams, C.J. (2001) German constitutional court bows to Europe. Cambridge Law Journal, 60(2), 231 -264. (doi: 10.1017/S0008197301710628)

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The relationship between national legal orders and Community law is one of the most difficult problems of European legal integration. In an order of 7 June 2000 (2 BvL 1/97, text at (, English translation in (2000) 21 H.R.L.J. 251), the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) had to address one aspect of this problem, namely the question to what extent national courts are competent to review Community legislation by reference to the standards of national constitutions. While the order first and foremost is concerned with German constitutional law, it touches upon a general problem facing the courts in all EU member States.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tams, Professor Christian
Authors: Tams, C.J.
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Cambridge Law Journal
Published Online:25 July 2001

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