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This is the second volume of a work on the law of the European Union which opened with a volume devoted to the legal order and institutional law of the Union (The Law of the European Union. A New Constitutional Order. Materials and cases, by Alain A. Levasseur and Richard F. Scott, 2001, 1075 pages, with an update in 2005).
This volume deals with common policies and substantive law, the first part being devoted to the major fundamental freedoms of the common market and the internal market and to external trade policy, the second part to competition policy, the Union’s policy on intellectual property, economic and monetary policy, agricultural policy, energy policy and consumer protection policy.
The construction of the book, which is intended primarily for law students, is related to the methods of teaching law in law schools in the United States, where teaching is inconceivable without close contact of students with the texts of judgments, legislation, scholarly commentary, and other relevant materials including economic and social data. The book is mainly oriented towards "case law" and gives access to a large number of Court judgments, supplemented by notes, exercises in the form of questionnaires, indications of other non-reproduced judgments and bibliographical references. Where relevant, the book gives access to Commission decisions, Community legislation and documents relating to the Union’s international relations. It also provides, as a complement, extracts from doctrinal analyses and Commission reports. The authors have also accompanied the various sections with questions relating to the judgments and, where useful, they also mention comparative references to decisions of US courts.
Consultation and use of the book will be stimulating for teachers who will use it in their teaching and for advanced students. The choice of the judgments and other texts and the way they are put together are the result of a detailed and in-depth knowledge of Union law. It is a pleasure to follow the construction of each of the chapters which, without hiding anything from the hesitations of the case law and without excessive conceptualism, is able to reveal the genesis and the very particular work of judicial interpretation. The breadth of the subjects dealt with, always using the same effective method, is impressive.