Legal and Political Perspectives
Edited by Panos Koutrakos
Chapter 9: The position of the European Union in (other) international organizations: confronting legal and political approaches
9. The position of the European Union in (other) international organizations: confronting legal and political approaches Knud Erik Jørgensen and Ramses A. Wessel1 INTRODUCTION The European Union is increasingly engaged in multilateral diplomacy and continuously stresses its ambitions in relation to ‘effective multilateralism’.2 Apart from its participation in international regimes in various policy fields,3 the institutionalization of the role of the EU in the world is reflected in its position in a number of other international organizations.4 Whereas the legal and political dimensions of the EU’s external relations in general have been given much attention in academic writings, this is less true for the position of the EU in formal international institutions. Yet, it is at these fora that a structural role of the EU in global governance becomes most visible. It is this role that has become more interesting now that it is clear that many EU (and The authors thank Ms Mila Aleksic for her research assistance. See for instance the ‘Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy: Providing Security in a Changing World’, Council of the EU, 11 December 2008, p. 1: ‘At a global level, Europe must lead a renewal of the multilateral order’; and the European Security Strategy of 12 December 2003, p. 1: ‘In a world of global threats, global markets and global media, our security and prosperity increasingly depend on an effective multilateral system. The development of a stronger international society, well functioning international institutions and a rule-based international...
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