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The EU as a global rule of law promoter: the consistency and effectiveness challenges


  • Laurent Pech



This paper aims to examine the consistency and effectiveness of the EU as a global promoter of values by focusing on the rule of law, one of the key values on which the EU is based and which is also supposed to guide EU’s external action. The paper first offers the diagnosis that the EU has failed to properly address a number of key issues: (i) what the EU seeks to promote under the heading ‘rule of law’, (ii) how it measures and monitors a country’s adherence to this principle and (iii) the disconnect between its external and internal policies and instruments. To address these issues, four key recommendations are made: (i) the adoption of a guidance note, (ii) the development of a transversal measurement and monitoring instrument, (iii) the adoption of a rule of law checklist and (iv) the revision of the role of EU Fundamental Rights Agency, with the view of transforming it into a ‘Copenhagen Commission’ with new powers and a broader geographical remit. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

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  • Laurent Pech, 2016. "The EU as a global rule of law promoter: the consistency and effectiveness challenges," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 7-24, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:asiaeu:v:14:y:2016:i:1:p:7-24
    DOI: 10.1007/s10308-015-0432-z

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    1. Dimitry Kochenov & Laurent Pech, 2016. "Better Late than Never? On the European Commission's Rule of Law Framework and its First Activation," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(5), pages 1062-1074, September.

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