Optional Instruments of the European Union

A Definitional, Normative and Explanatory Study

By William A. Bull

This rise of a particular kind of European Union legislation known as the 'optional instrument' is a novel trend in the context of EU law. This study examines and discusses existing and proposed EU Optional Instruments (OIs) in different fields of European law, including company law, intellectual property law, and procedural law (such as the European Company, the Community Trade Mark and the European Small Claims Procedure, respectively), as well as contract law. The study identifies the core elements that define OIs of the EU and distinguish them from other kinds of EU legislation, especially so-called approximating measures. It provides a detailed overview of a total of twelve OIs in the aforementioned policy areas, charting their development, characteristics, and (where appropriate) usage in practice. It investigates the case for and against the use of optional instruments as an alternative means of EU law-making by analyzing and evaluating the principal arguments in the debate surrounding the use of this legislative method. Finally, it offers an explanation of the varied degree of 'success' of EU OIs already in existence by identifying possible factors that play a role in this respect and testing the significance of these factors with reference to available empirical data. In doing so, the author provides a framework for future research into this developing phenomenon, as well as guidance for the elaboration of future OIs of the European Union. (Series:?Ius Commune Europaeum, Vol. 149) [Subject: EU Law]


Publication Date: 5/11/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780684109


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