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The Enforcement of EC Law in Contractual Relations: Case Studies in How Not to ‘Constitutionalise’ Private Law’

Schepel, Harm (2004) The Enforcement of EC Law in Contractual Relations: Case Studies in How Not to ‘Constitutionalise’ Private Law’. European Review of Private Law, 12 (5). pp. 661-675. ISSN 0928-9801. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:1793)

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In two very different contexts, the ECJ has effectively held that national private law is to be set aside where it impedes the effectiveness of certain EC law values. This article analyses these instances in order to try and make sense of the concept of the European ‘constitutionalization’ of private law. It argues, on the one hand, that EC law values should only be imposed upon national private law where they can be translated into subjective rights and, on the other, that the application of EC law provisions on private parties should be limited to cases where these can reasonably be said to carry responsibility for the implementation of those provisions. To enforce EC law in contractual relations beyond these limits not only leads to fragmentation and uncertainty but also, it is submitted, defeats the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of EC law.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Harm Schepel
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:40 UTC
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