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 33: The legal effects of the EU’s interaction with other international institutions in law

Elaine Fahey


This chapter takes a broad perspective on the concept of framing interactions between organisations as ‘effects’ in law in a holistic sense: ‘inwards out’, ‘outwards in’ and the ‘in between’. The chapter examines the idea of ‘effects’ in internal lawmaking and also external lawmaking practice. It argues that the concept of effects and legal effects need to be broadly understood and deliberated upon. The chapter examines the interrelationship between the internal and external effects of interactions with international organisations on the part of the EU. What are the reasons for differences in understanding effects? How are legal effects understood? Is norm promotion so fundamental or essential? Is an institutionalised understanding of legal effects factually and normatively justified? What is a viable methodology? This chapter aims to frame the term ‘effects’ as broadly as possible so as to understand actual practice, soft practice and political practice and to give a holistic account of lawmaking.

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