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 20: Institutional and normative cooperation in private law

Lucila de Almeida, Marta Cantero Gamito and Hans-W. Micklitz

Abstract

This chapter argues that EU engagement with international organizations in the field of private law is not confined to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) only. Below the radar of international conventions, formalized agreements and institutions with legal authority, there has been institutional and normative cooperation between EU and international standardsetting organizations (SSOs), which has resulted in the global reach of EU law in the field of private law. The first part of the chapter describes the EU’s role in the elaboration of international private law evolving from its enlarged competences under the Treaty and its impact on the relationship with the HCCH. The second part advances the thesis that the EU has moved from competence expansion in highly visible international fora to cooperation in standards bodies though European SSOs. The third and fourth parts explain institutional cooperation between European and international SSOs in the energy and telecommunications markets.

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