European Union Law and Defence Integration
This monograph examines the legal dimension of European defense integration from the Second World War to the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. It covers the evolution of European defense and security law in its legal, historical, and political context. The notion of defense law describes the entire field of rules created to regulate the defense of a nation or alliance. The analysis leads from the earliest mutual defense treaties to the failure of the European Defence Community and the eventual separation of defense from the mainstream of European integration in the 1950s, further to the re-vitalization of a European security policy in the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, and Nice. In the context of this evolutionary process, the book examines the function of community law as an instrument of European defense integration. The book concludes with an analysis of the Common Security and Defence Policy of the Constitutional Treaty agreed by the European Council in 2004. The discussion shows that European defense integration is characterized by fragmentation in an area where coherence is particularly important. The Union needs a coherent defense policy to ensure her security and to speak with one voice on the international scene.
Publication Date: 10/31/2005
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