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European Union Legal Materials

The European Union is a supranational organization whose members include most countries of Western Europe (referred to as Member States). The principal offices of the EU are located in Brussels, Belgium, although other EU institutions have offices in Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Germany and Strasbourg, France.

The following materials provide information on the EU and its operations:

Introduction to Law of the European Union ("EU") T.C. Hartley, The Foundations of European Community Law. Oxford University Press, 1998. 4th ed.
This book is a good introduction to the law of the European Union. Chapter 1 describes the legal basis for and function of the European Commission,the Council and the European Parliament. Chapter 2 describes the structure and function of the EU's judicial system — the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.
KJE947 .H27 2007

Ralph H. Folsom, European Union Law. West Publishing, 6th ed.
Contains an unofficial copy of the Consolidated version of the Treaty on European union (including amendments by the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999). Chapter 1 contains a concise summary of the development of the European Union.
KJE949 F65 2008 Law Reserve

European Union Law Reporter (formerly known as the Common Market Law Reporter). CCH, Inc.
Loose-leaf service providing commentary on EU law by topic, texts of treaties, and digests of relevant EU laws.
KJE 2044 .6 C66

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, The ABC of Community Law. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2000.
Brief summary of EU institutions and the sources of European Union law.
JN 30 .G566 2000 Thomas Cooper Library Gov't Documents

Claire Germain, Germain's Transnational Law Research: A Guide for Attorneys.
Transnational Juris Publications, 1991 – . Section 2.09 contains information on EU legal materials.
JN 30 .G566 2000 Law Reference

Anne Ramsay, Eurojargon: A Dictionary of the European Union, 6th ed. (2000)
Exhaustive list of acronyms used by EU agencies and officials.
KJE926.5 E87 2000

Glossary: Institutions, policies and enlargement of the European Union. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2000.
A selective list of terms and concepts related to the EU. An updated version is available on the Web at europa.eu.int/scadplus/
KJE947 .B673 2000 Thomas Cooper Library Gov't Documents ed.

Principal Institutions of the EU

Europa — europa.eu
The official web page of the European Union and its portal to information resources online.

European Parliament — www.europarl.eu
This political assembly is directly elected by the citizens of the EU member states. Representation is roughly proportional to the population of the EU member states. The Parliament and the Council share legislative power within the EU.

European Commission — ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm
The Commission proposes new legislation and launches new policy initiatives. The Commission serves as the executive of the EU and enters into international agreements on behalf of the EU. In addition, the Commission is the guardian of EU policy and can initiate legal proceedings to ensure compliance with EU policy and legislation. The commission currently consists of 20 Commissioners who are selected by the Member States. Each commissioner has a separate portfolio — an area of policy concern. The staff of the Commission is organized into 34 Directorates-General which have distinct areas of responsibility.

European Council — www.european-council.europa.eu/
Consisting of the heads of EU members, the European Council meets twice a year, usually in January and June. The President of the Council (having a six month term) hosts the Council meeting.

The Council — www.european-council.europa.eu/the-institution.aspx?lang=en
Composed of selected ministers from each Member State, the Council exercises legislative power along with the European Parliament.

European Court of Justice — europa.eu/institutions/inst/justice/index_en.htm
Consisting of 15 judges and 8 advocates-general, the Court of Justice interprets and adjudicates disputes over EU law, a separate body of law distinct and supreme over the law of the Member States. The judges are elected by common accord among the Member States. (Official site in French — translation required. http://curia.europa.eu/ )

Court of First Instance — europa.eu/legislation_summaries/institutional_affairs/treaties/nice_treaty/nice_treaty_legal_en.htm
Historical — This Court consisted of 15 judges and acted as an intermediate appellate court deciding disputes regarding EU law. It was abolished by the Treaty of Lisbon and incorporated into the Court of Justice of the European Union on December 1, 2009.

European Court of Auditors — www.eca.eu
This body audits the accounts and implements the budget of the EU.

European Central Bank — www.ecb.int
Member States that meet certain economic criteria and standards join this central bank. The bank creates and implements monetary policy and is responsible for the issuance of the EU's common currency — the Euro.

Index of EU Topics — www.eurunion.org/infores/euindex.htm
Excellent alphabetical index of EU organizations, agencies and topics maintained by the Washington Delegation of the European Union

Treaties Establishing the EU

Official site containing EU treaties — europa.eu./abc/treaties/index_en.htm
The current Consolidated Treaty is the result of the following constituent treaties: Treaty of Rome, Treaty of Maastricht, Treaty of Amsterdam and Treaty of Nice.
Competition Law of the EC. Matthew Bender (Lexis Law Publishing).
Loose-leaf service. Thorough discussion of EU founding treaty, organization and law, focusing on antitrust and competition law. Contains excerpts of the text of founding treaties.


Competition Law of the EC. Matthew Bender (Lexis Law Publishing).
Loose-leaf service. Thorough discussion of EU founding treaty, organization and law, focusing on antitrust and competition law. Contains excerpts of the text of founding treaties.
KJE 6456 .V35

Official Journal of the European Union
KJE908.L445 L Series Thomas Cooper Library
Journals from 1998 forward is available on the Web. — eur-lex.europa.eu/JOIndex.do
The O.J. is divided into the L series (legislation), the C series (proposed legislation) and irregularly the S series (supplemental material). The O.J. is roughly analogous to the Federal Register in the United States.

Online Subscription Databases:
CELEX on Lexis/ Nexis
Searchable database of EU documents.

EURCOM on Westlaw
Searchable database of EU documents.

Judicial Opinions

International Law Library — www.worldlii.org/int/special/ihl/
International Criminal Court decisions since 2004
International Court of Justice decisions since 1947

European Court of Justice — curia.europa.eu/jurisp/cgi-bin/form.pl?lang=en
Decisions since June 1997 available on the Web

European Court Reports
Official report of cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Thomas Cooper Library Gov't Documents
KJE924.5 .R47
(Holdings: 1954 to present)

European Community Cases (CCH)
Selected European Commission and European Court of Justice decisions, including opinions of advocate-generals. Headnotes precede each case. Table of contents. Topic index. List of authorities cited.
KJE 2044.6 .C6652
Holdings: 1989 – present. (formerly known as Common Market Reporter) KJE 2044.6 C66
Holdings: 1977 through 1986

Common Market Law Reports (Sweet & Maxwell)
Selected cases from both the European Court of Justice and the appellate courts of individual member nations that resolve questions of European Union law. Weekly roundup of actions of the European Court of Justice. Published weekly.
(Holdings 1962 to present)

C.M.L.R. Antitrust Reports (Sweet & Maxwell)
Focuses on European Union documents dealing with mergers, acquisitions, and antitrust issues. Summary of European Commission actions, status of cases before the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. Decisions of the European Court of Justice, European Commission decisions. List of Cases Reported. Index.
KJE 2044.6 C5
Holdings 1991 – present.

Official Publications

Bulletin of the European Union (formerly known as the Bulletin of the European Communities)
Published by the European Commission
Thomas Cooper Library HC241.2 .A212
(Holdings 1962 to present)
Issues are archived at europa.eu/archives/bulletin/en/welcome.htm

General Report on the Activities of the European Union
Issues since 1997 available on Europa
Summaries of 1995 and 1996 reports available on Europa
HC241.2 .A17
(Holdings 1994-2000)

Publications of the European Communities
The catalog of publications published by the EU and its constituent agencies.
Thomas Cooper Library Gov't Documents — Z7165 .E8 P8
(Holdings 1993-1998, 1985/1991)

Periodicals/ Journals

Europe Magazine
Monthly magazine
HD9525 .A2 E52 Thomas Cooper Library — USC
HD9525 .A2 E52 Business — USC
Tables of contents for issues since 1998 are available on the Web. Selected full-text articles are also available in Japanese.

Common Market Law Review
Common Market Law Review
Quarterly journal
Holdings 1963 – 2008, then through EBSCO online.

European Law Review
European Law Review
Bimonthly journal
Holdings 1975 – present

EU Focus: Essential Developments in EU Law and Policy
Biweekly journal
KJE2041 .3 .E32
Topical summaries of EU legal developments.

Journal of Common Market Studies
USC Law No Call Number
Holdings 1962 — present. (Online through catalog record 1997 – present)

Legal Issues of European Integration
Two Issues per year
Holdings 1974 – 1999. [Continued as Legal Issues of Economic Integration.
We have Vol. 27 (2000) – Vol. 34 (2007).]
Yearbook of European Law
Oxford University Press
K29 .E27
(Holdings 1981 – present, Vol. 11 1991 missing)

European Journal of International Lawwww.ejil.org
Contains systematic coverage of the relationship between international law and EU law.
Issues since 1990 available on the Web.

European Integration Current Contentscenters.law.nyu.edu/jmtoc/index.cfm
Contains tables of contents from selected international law journals.
Published by the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Jean Monnet Working Papers — centers.law.nyu.edu/jeanmonnet/papers/index.html
Sponsored by the New York University School of Law

Other Web Research Guides

Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, Georgetown University
European Union Research Guide

New York University Law Library
European Union Research