Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations
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Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations

Edited by Ramses A. Wessel and Jed Odermatt

Over the years, the European Union has developed relationships with other international institutions, mainly as a result of its increasingly active role as a global actor and the transfer of competences from the Member States to the EU. This book presents a comprehensive and critical assessment of the EU’s engagement with other international institutions, examining both the EU’s representation and cooperation as well as the influence of these bodies on the development of EU law and policy.
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Chapter 2: The European Union in the law of international organizations

Jan Klabbers


The chapter aims to investigate whether the EU serves as a model for other international organizations or whether it does not really fit that mould, and concludes that it does both simultaneously. The EU is an organization unlike any other, but has in important respects paved the way for others - not only by its particular structure and concrete activities, but also, and perhaps most importantly, on the epistemological level: it was the EU which was largely responsible for stimulating the possibility for international organizations to not only affect their member states, as traditionally supposed, but to directly reach individuals within those member states.

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