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Topic: Lisbon Treaty

Tomáš Búry

The Lisbon Treaty, was it worth it?

This article deals with the process of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and analyses following legal development. Both costs and benefits of the adoption of the new legal infrastructure are outlined. The procedural hurdles in the ratification process have strengthened the notion of a democratic deficit and an unevenness of the states. On the contrary the competences of the EU were better delimitated by the Treaty, increased effectivity of the institutions and efficiency of the decision making process were brought and a standard of human rights protection was raised. On balance… read more

23rd January 2011, section Focus on the EU

Marek Garlicki

The Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty after the Lisbon Treaty

This essay examines the influence of the incorporation of the Lisbon Treaty to the UK law on one of the fundamental principles of the UK constitutional system – the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty (also called supremacy). The essay is divided in three main sections. The first explores the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and defines its meaning. Then it focuses on the accession of the UK to the European Communities in 1973 and its impact on the principle. Finally, the British regulations incorporating the Lisbon Treaty to the UK law are analysed. read more

23rd January 2011, section Focus on the EU