Ari Afilalo – The Overview Of The European Union Law

European Union Law

The European Union Law came out with the integration of the EU and the European communities. It is a legal system that was created with domestic law of the EU and the international law. This law has autonomy with the affirmation of the Court of Justice of the European communities.

The European Union is based on the treaties that were approved by all EU member countries. And upon these treaties relies all the actions that are taken by the European Union. After the emergence of the European union, this legal system was called “European community law”. The four institutions that run the EU are

  • The European Commission
  • The Court of Justice
  • The European Parliament
  • The Council of the European Union

The EU Law is divided into the principle of direct effect of the EC law and the principle of supremacy of the European Community Law. The principles have been created by the Court of Justice in the understanding of the constituent documents of the European Union.

The EU law has include the general principles including:

  • The protection of human rights & fundamental freedoms
  • Procedural principles
  • The principle of subsidiary
  • The principle of proportionality
  • The principle of nondiscrimination

The European Union Law has system of legal sources which has hierarchy of acts and it is divided into two groups:

  • Acts of primary law
  • Acts of secondary law

The norms and regulations of the primary acts are supreme to the secondary acts. The international agreements are legally the primary law acts.

Ari Afilalo is a law professor at prestigious Rutgers Law School that is the law school of the university of New Jersey. He has published on various legal issues of the GATT, the EU, the international trade and law.

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