Recent Trends in German and European Constitutional Law: by Armin von Bogdandy Dr. iur. (auth.), Eibe Riedel, Rüdiger

By Armin von Bogdandy Dr. iur. (auth.), Eibe Riedel, Rüdiger Wolfrum (eds.)

The current quantity compiles the German nationwide experiences on Public legislation which are to be awarded on the XVIIth Congress of the Inter- tional Academy of Comparative legislation, so that it will occur from sixteen – 22 July 2006 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. by way of publishing the convention record ahead of the convention itself has taken position, we are hoping to let students and practitioners to realize info in higher - tail because it may be attainable throughout the convention, and during this option to stimulate and inspirit the general dialogue. The Congress, like its predecessors, will collect teachers and practitioners from worldwide and hence provide a good chance for dialogue and comparability on a variety of present and fascinating concerns. The articles of this quantity map out the present state of affairs and doctrinal ramifications of a selected comparative undertaking, as designed by way of the C- gress organisers. every one contributor presents either an entire photo of the topic sector and units out his or her view at the subject, in order to, given our studies from the former meetings, stimulate and improve the discussions at this year’s convention. This quantity includes 8 studies focussing on particular issues of G- guy Public legislations and facing questions of eu Consti- tional Law.

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Möstl (note 21), 18 et seq. Emergence of European Constitutional Law 45 a “dual” legitimation of European power,32 with the European Parliament just being one of the two required pillars, while the other one rests on the regular domestic chain of legitimation that starts from the peoples of the member states and then runs via the national parliaments. But do all these observations compel the conclusion that the European Union cannot have a constitution? Of course, they buttress the argument that the Union and its structures are fundamentally different from those of a normal nation-state, and since constitutions have been historically devised to organize states only, this would also justify the close connection between the terms “constitution” and “state” that was mentioned above.

Constitutional Principles for Europe 27 in the “political realm”, but not in the constitutional context. , transparently. The Amsterdam Treaty first declared this, placing it prominently, namely in Art 1(2) EU. The specifically democratic meaning of transparency in European law was already to be th found in the 17 Declaration to the Maastricht Treaty on the right to obtain information, which states that the decision-making procedure’s transparency strengthens the institutions’ democratic character.

41. 6 C. Koenig/A. Haratsch (note 2), no. 44. 7 D. Grimm (note 2), 586; and C. g. I. Pernice, Europäisches und nationales Verfassungsrecht, VVDStRL 60 (2001), 148, at 153; D. Thym, European Constitutional Theory and the Post-Nice Process, in: M. Andenas/J. Usher, The Treaty of Nice and Beyond, 2003, 147, 166; ECJ, 23 April 1986 (294/83, Les Verts), no. 23. 8 The answer to this question obviously depends on the acceptance of the possibility to transfer the ideas of a constitution and constitutional law to non-state entities.

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