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Wider Europe: the extension of the EU’s legal space

Abstract : This thesis turns the political formula of ‘Wider Europe’ into an analytical concept to capture the legal realities in the EU’s proximity. The formula was employed to outline the new EU’s proximity policies following the Union’s enlargements in the early 2000s. The ensuing posture of the EU as an international legal actor would be based on patterns of inclusion and exclusion. In the wake of Brexit, there is the need to further reflect on this design: the set of new legal relations between the EU and the UK challenges the paradigms of gravitation around the EU legal order traditionally characterising the EU neighbourhood relations. The research develops pursuing three interrelated lines of inquiry which are aimed at expounding the interplay between law and diplomacy in the EU’s proximity. The first consists in shedding light on the similarities and differences between the EU internal and external integration experiences. In this respect, a distinction is drawn between EU membership law and EU neighbourhood law. The second pertains to the techniques of extension of the EU’s legal space. Here, both the interrelations among legal orders and the processes third countries’ socialisation in the wider European legal space are examined. The first two lines of inquiry are strictly related to the third which revolves around the appreciation of the different political covenants underlying the variety of institutional arrangements of EU neighbourhood law.
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Alessandro Petti. Wider Europe: the extension of the EU’s legal space. Law. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2021. English. ⟨NNT : 2021IEPP0043⟩. ⟨tel-03633774⟩



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