The philosophy of EU law builds upon two broader areas of inquiry - the philosophy of law in general and the philosophy of the EU in general. The philosophy of EU law enriches and is enriched by our understanding of both. In particular, the paper explains, the philosophy of EU law tracks and examines the intersection of four core legal philosophical questions in light of the peculiarities of the EU. First, there is the overall justification of the authority of the EU legal order, which requires examination of the justifications of the EU as a socio-political project more generally, as these have influenced and been influenced by its special conditions of origin and dynamic. Secondly, our inquiry addresses the deep normative orientation and interpretive grain of EU law. Thirdly, it asks how EU law operates as a valid and effective framework of practical reasoning. How does EU law work as law? And finally, questions of the integrity or coherence of EU law, in particular its relationship, both continuous and discontinuous, with member state legal systems, are examined.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Law School Working Papers


  • EU Authority
  • justification
  • interpretation
  • coherence
  • practicial reasoning
  • validity
  • pluralism
  • integrity
  • legal system


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