The past, present and future of the EU’s federal experience

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In 2017 we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Maastricht. The commemoration of these historic events was the perfect excuse for a critical and renewed discussion of European integration. It was also an opportunity for discussing the EU through the lens of “federalism”, i.e. to look at it from the perspective of federal theory and / or through its substantive and formal dimension. This issue of Perspectives on Federalism includes papers presented in conferences organized at Warsaw University in June 2016 and at Lisbon Nova Law School on May 2017 under the Jean Monnet Project “More EU - More Europe to Overcome the Crisis”. The articles discuss, either from a more general or from a more specific standpoint, within a variety of subjects, some of the federal features of the EU.

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  • · Martinico Giuseppe 2016 ‘Le Implicazioni Costituzionali Della Crisi. Una Rassegna Della Letteratura’ no. 30 available at

  • · Menéndez Águstin José 2013 ‘The Existential Crisis of the European Union’ German Law Journal XIV(5): 453-526.

  • · Schütze Robert. 2010 ‘From Rome to Lisbon: ‘Executive Federalism’ in the (New) European Union’ Common Market Law Review XLVII(5): 1385-1427.

  • · Stein Eric 1981 ‘Lawyers Judges and the Making of a Transnational Constitution’ The American Journal of International Law LXXV(1): 1-27.

  • · Walker Neil 2016 Federalism in 3D: The Reimagination of Political Community in the European Union University of Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper Series no. 13.

  • · Weiler J.H.H. 2001 Federalism and Constitutionalism: Europe’s Sonderweg Academy of European Law 1- 14 available at

  • · Wyatt Derrick et al. 2006 Wyatt and Dashwood´s European Union Law 5th edition Sweet & Maxwell London.

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