The editors of the KSLR EU Law Blog are pleased to announce recent publications in the field of EU law, with a discount attached for our readers.


EU Soft Law in the Member States

Theoretical Findings and Empirical Evidence

Edited by Mariolina Eliantonio, Emilia Korkea-aho and Oana Stefan

This volume analyses, for the first time in European studies, the impact that non-legally binding material (otherwise known as soft law) has on national courts and administration.

The study is founded on empirical work undertaken by the European Network of Soft Law Research (SoLaR), across ten EU Member States, in competition policy, financial regulation, environmental protection and social policy. The book demonstrates that soft law is taken into consideration at the national level and it clarifies the extent to which soft law can have legal and practical effects for individuals and national authorities.

The national case studies highlight the points of convergence or divergence in the way in which judges and administrators approach soft law, while reflecting on the reasons for and consequences of various national practices.

A series of horizontal studies connect this research to the rich literature on new modes of governance, by revisiting traditional theories on soft law, and by reflecting on the potential of such instruments to undermine or to foster rule of law values.

Mariolina Eliantonio is Professor at the University of Maastricht.

Emilia Korkea-aho is Associate Professor at the University of Eastern Finland Law School.

Oana Stefan is Reader in Law at King’s College, London.

Mar 2021   |   9781509932030   |   496pp   |   Hbk   |    RSP: £75

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Standing to Enforce European Union Law before National Courts

Hilde Ellingsen

The right to access to court is long recognised as an essential element of a Union based on the rule of law. This book asks how can member states insure that their individual rules on standing guarantee that right? The book answers the question by analysing EU law’s requirements from two angles: first, the effective protection of Union rights; second, the effectiveness of Union law per se. With inductive case law examination, it formulates an autonomous Union law doctrine of standing. The book then goes further, setting out an effectiveness test of member states’ enforcement mechanism, preventing practical impediments to the right to access to court. This is a rigorous study on a question of immense importance.

Hilde Ellingsen is Senior Lecturer at the University of Olso.

Apr 2021   |   9781509937141   |   384pp   |   Hbk   |    RSP: £90

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The External Dimension of the EU’s Policy against Trafficking in Human Beings

Chloé Brière

This book explores the external dimension of the ambitious EU policy on human trafficking. Through this policy the EU institutions and Member States promote the eradication of human trafficking and support, to that end, cooperation with their partners, being third States or international organisations.

Analysing the unilateral and multilateral mechanisms the EU uses to achieve these aims, the book questions whether the EU’s external response to human trafficking addresses it in all its dimensions, and whether it does so in a coherent way. As a case study, the book explores the cooperation of the EU with countries of the Western Balkans, which constitutes a specific unilateral mechanism. The analysis of the multilateral mechanisms covers the cooperation of the EU with key international and regional organisations combating human trafficking, including but not limited to the Council of Europe or the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The book also examines the impact of the evolution of migration flows and the increasing reliance of military tools on the EU’s response to human trafficking.

Chloé Brière is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow funded by the Belgian National Research Fund (FNRS) and a professor of EU law at the Centre for European Law of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Apr 2021   |   9781509932825   |   328pp   |   Hbk   |    RSP: £85

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Countering Tax Crime in the European Union

Benchmarking the OECD’s Ten Global Principles

Umut Turksen

This book seeks durable solutions for tax crime and is a great resource for the development of knowledge, policy and law on tax crime. The book uniquely blends current practice with new approaches to countering tax crime. With insights from the EU-funded project, PROTAX, which conducts advanced research on tax crimes, the book comparatively analyses the EU’s tax crime measures and the Ten Global Principles (TGPs) on fighting tax crime by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The study critically examines how the TGPs can serve as minimum standards for the EU to counter tax crime such as tax evasion and tax fraud. The study also analyses how the anti-tax avoidance package can be graduated to fight tax crime in the EU. When escalated, the strengths of the EU tax crime measures and TGPs can form a fortress in which criminal law can be empowered to mitigate tax crimes with greater effect.

The book will be particularly useful for end-user stakeholders such as tax policy makers, LEAs, professional enablers as well as academics and students interested in productive interaction between tax, criminal and administrative laws.

Umut Turksen is Professor of Law at the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, Coventry University, UK.

Mar 2021   |   9781509937950   |   336pp   |   Hbk   |    RSP: £75

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