6. EU Law and the ECJ

  • 6.1 EU Law – How it works and why it matters to our democracy
    Our membership of the EU is governed by the European treaties, and the powers of the EU Court and its other institutions. As lawyers we have a duty to explain these complex issues so that the debate on EU membership is conducted on the basis of reason and informed understanding.
  • 6.2 EU Law – the ECJ and primacy over national laws
    What is the key feature that makes the EU treaties different in kind from every other international Treaty to which this country belongs, and quite possibly makes them unique in the world? To this question, a lawyer can give only one answer: the key feature is EU law, formerly known as Community law – is a system of law that penetrates inside the member states and takes precedence over national laws in the domestic courts of the Member States.