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Supranationalism, the rule of law and constitutionalism in the Draft Union Constitution


  • Patrick Birkinshaw


No concept in legal discourse is more contested than the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law is a component of constitutionalism and both feature as legitimating pillars of the new European Union Constitution. In this article, the author examines these concepts and their utilisation and expression in a supranational constitution that has drawn on the inspiration of national constitutionalism.

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  • Patrick Birkinshaw, 2003. "Supranationalism, the rule of law and constitutionalism in the Draft Union Constitution," Queen's Papers on Europeanisation p0038, Queens University Belfast.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:queens:p0038

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