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Studies in EU External Relations is a peer-reviewed book series dedicated to the legal, political, trade and historical aspects of the EU's relations with non-member states or regions or other international organisations.

Focusing on the EU's position and role in the world, the series covers the Union’s bilateral as well as its multilateral relations with third countries. This coverage extends to institutional, legal and political issues on or affecting external relations, as well as to specific sectoral substantive topics, including migration, defence or trade matters for example. The series also includes monographs on the external dimension of substantive domestic EU policies (competition, environment, etc). In addition, the series welcomes studies on various facets of the EU enlargement phenomenon and the European Neighbourhood Policy.

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ABSTRACTMarc Maresceau, professor at Ghent University and the University of Brussels, clarifies that he does not want to provide a theory of European Community treaty-making in his course, but that he aims to offer a basic insight into what is now a well-established but complex practice regarding bilateral agreements set up between the European Community and other countries, and to provide, where necessary, analytical comments. The legal focus of this course is primarily an analytical approach to the objectives and contents of general bilateral agreements set up by the European Community. Professor Maresceau concentrates in Part I on the place in general of bilateral agreements in European Community law while Part II is devoted to substantive law analysis of some of the most important bilateral agreements which have been set up over the years between the European Community and other countries. Though this course does not aim to give an exhaustive insight into the legal bases of the external relationships of the European Community, Professor Maresceau pays due attention to the issue of international competence of the European Community and to the interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Communities of the provisions of the European Community Treaty (notably article 133), which enabled the development of the external competences of the European Community Professor Maresceau also pays particular attention to the direct effect of bilateral agreements that have frequently been invoked before national courts of the Member States.

Marc Maresceau, professeur à l’Université de Gand et à l’Université de Bruxelles, précise qu’il n’entend pas développer, dans ce cours, une théorie de la conclusion des traités par la Communauté européenne, mais décrire la pratique, bien établie mais complexe, des accords bilatéraux conclus par le Communauté européenne avec des États tiers, en ajoutant un commentaire analytique lorsque cela est nécessaire. Le professeur Maresceau propose une approche analytique des objectifs et des accords bilatéraux généraux conclus par la Communauté européenne. Pour ce faire, il rend compte dans une première partie de la place des accords bilatéraux dans le droit de la Communauté européenne et procède, dans une deuxième partie, à une analyse du droit matériel des principaux accords bilatéraux conclus entre la Communauté européenne avec des États tiers. Le professeur Maresceau sans pour autant proposer une étude exhaustive des fondements juridiques des relations extérieures de la Communauté européenne, accorde toute l’attemtion nécessaire à la question de la compétence internationale de la Communauté européenne et à l’interprétation par la Cour de justice des communautés européennes des dispositions du traité CE (notamment de l’article 133), qui a permis le développement de la compétence externe de la Communauté européenne. Le professeur Maresceau accorde également une attention particulière à l’effet direct des accords bilatéraux, souvent invoqués devant les juridictions internes des États membres.

In: Switzerland and the EU
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What makes the relationship between Switzerland and the EU so challenging? For both parties, mutual relations are of crucial importance, not least economically. As a result of the Swiss voters’ rejection of the European Economic Area 30 years ago, there is at present a large number of agreements that provide for Switzerland's partial participation in the EU's internal market as well as other matters. At the same time, there has now for more than a decade been an increasing degree of institutional and legal uncertainty. The present volume offers an inventory of different sides of this special relationship, which is interesting also in a comparative context.