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  • 1. Introduction to EU legal sources for non-EU students Margaret Watson Academic Services Librarian Bodleian Law Library
  • 2. Objectives: this session will look at...
    • the legal process and its documents
    • printed sources for EU legislation and case law
    • free web resources
    • (subscription databases)
  • 3. Primary legislation: Treaties Treaty on European Union (consolidated text) Treaty establishing the European Community (consolidated text) Lisbon Treaty (not fully ratified) Accession treaties
  • 4. Click here for the Treaties
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  • 6. Click here for the full text of the Lisbon Treaty
  • 7. Secondary legislation: legal process
    • The Commission proposes legislation;
    • The Parliament is consulted;
    • The Council decides;
    • Implementation in the member states;
    • Interpretation and enforcement
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  • 10. 1. Formative phase
    • Internal Commission documents
    • SEC documents
    • COM documents
    • COM final documents
  • 11. Preparatory Documents
    • COM Documents
    • EP Reports
  • 12. COM Docs
    • Three categories:
    • Consultative documents
    • Proposals for legislation
    • Reports on the implementation of policy
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  • 13. Example of a COM doc
    • http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/common/whats_new/tobacco-20080716/COM459_en.pdf
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  • 15. Citation of COM Docs
    • COM
    • (year)
    • Running number final
    • (Date of adoption by Commission)
    • Example:
    • COM(2001) 510 final 12.9.2001
  • 16. COM Docs additional codes
    • COD = Codecision
    • SYN = Cooperation
    • AVC = Assent
    • CNS = Consultation
    • Example: 2001/0207 (CNS)
  • 17. COM Docs in the Library
    • 1963-1982: paper format at EC/1 per.7
    • 1983-2002: microfiches
    • OJ (lacks explanatory memoranda)
    • Online http:// ec.europa.eu/prelex/apcnet.cfm?CL =en
  • 18. 2. Consultation
    • European Parliament Reports (PEDOCS)
    • European Parliament Opinions
    • ESC Opinions
    • CoR Opinions
    • Council Common Positions
  • 19. European Parliament documentation
    • Reports from committees
    • Resolutions and other texts
    • Minutes of plenary debates and agendas
    • Questions (written, oral and at Question Time)
  • 20. Example of an EP Report
    • http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=185312
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  • 24. EP document citation
    • PE DOC A5-0123/2000
    • produced during the 5 th parliament
    • number 0123
    • in the year 2000
  • 25. EP Documentation in the Library
    • Reports
    • 1953-1985 paper format, EC/3 per. 7
    • 1985-1997 microfiches
    • 1998 - online
    • Debates
    • 1952 to May 1999 paper format, EC/3 per.5
    • 1996 – online
    • Resolutions
    • OJ C series
    • Questions
    • OJ C series
  • 26. 3. Decision Phase
    • Reflected in the Secondary Legislation …
  • 27. Secondary Legislation
    • Regulations
    • Directives
    • Decisions
  • 28. Citation: Regulations
    • Council Regulation (EEC) 1408/71
    • Institution, e.g. Council
    • Form (Regulation)
    • Treaty basis
    • Number
    • Year
    • n.b. number precedes year
  • 29. Citation: Directives
    • Commission Directive 2005/86/EC
    • Institution
    • Form (Directive)
    • Year
    • Number
    • Treaty basis
    • n.b. year precedes number
  • 30. Treaties and legislation are published in the Official Journal
  • 31. Official Journal
    • L series: adopted legislation
    • C series: information of public interest
    • (S series: invitations to tender for public contracts)
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  • 33. Mode of citation of OJ
    • OJ
    • series (L or C)
    • issue number
    • year
    • page number
  • 34. OJ Citations
    • OJ L145 2001 p.43
    • OJ L42 1987 p.48
    • OJ C80 2001 p.1
  • 35. 4. Implementation in Member States
    • EUR-Lex
    • http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm
  • 36. Implementation in Member States e.g. United Kingdom
    • House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee
    • House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union
    • Hansard
    • Statutes and SIs
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  • 40. 5. Interpretation and enforcement
    • Cases in national courts
    • Cases before the ECJ and CFI
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  • 41. Case Law: European Court of Justice
    • Court of First Instance (CFI)
    • European Court of Justice (ECJ)
    • (EU Civil Service Tribunal)
    • http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/j_6/
  • 42. Citation of Cases
    • C (ECJ) or T (CFI) or F (Civil Service Tribunal)
    • -
    • Number of case
    • /
    • Year (last 2 digits)
    • The parties
    • e.g. Case C-2/00 Hölterhoff v Freiesleben
  • 43. Case Documentation
    • ECJ until 1993
    • Report for the Hearing; AG Opinion; Judgment
    • ECJ 1993-
    • AG Opinion and Judgment only
    • CFI
    • Judgment (no AG Opinion)
  • 44. Paper Publication of Case Law
    • OJ C series
    • Transcripts
    • European Court Reports
    • Common Market Law Reports
    • All England Law Reports European Cases
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  • 47. Finding Case Law
    • The Court’s website:
    • Index A-Z ; numerical and alphabetical index of cases before the Court of Justice of the European Communities since 1953
    • http://curia.europa.eu/en/content/juris/index_note.htm
    • Search form
    • http://curia.europa.eu/jurisp/cgi-bin/form.pl?lang=en
    • EUR-Lex:
    • http://eur-lex.europa.eu/RECH_jurisprudence.do
  • 48. Please ask for help!
    • Margaret Watson
    • [email_address]
    • (2)71464