The Role of the EU in Transnational Legal Ordering
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The Role of the EU in Transnational Legal Ordering

Standards, Contracts and Codes

Edited by Marta Cantero Gamito and Hans -W. Micklitz

This book explores questions of transnational private legal theory in the context of the external dimension of EU private law. The interaction between existing theories of transnational ordering and the external reach of European Regulatory Private Law is articulated through examination of what are found to be the three major proxies of transnational private ordering: private contracts, standards and codes.
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Chapter 14: Epilogue: the role of the EU in the external reach of regulatory private law – gentle civiliser or neoliberal hegemon?

Hans-W. Micklitz


The epilogue discusses the tension between the EU as the neoliberal hegemon and the EU as the gentle civiliser. The EU here is not only the European institutions, but also European companies and semi-public bodies such as standardisation institutions. Embedded in that tension, the contributions to the book show a rather heterogenous picture. Depending on context, substance and procedure, the EU and its bodies can either be civilisers or exercise hegemonic power.

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