Mixed Agreements Revisited

Mixed agreements are one of the most important and complex areas of EU foreign relations law. They are concluded by the Member States and the EU (or by the European Community in the days leading up to Lisbon) with third countries and international organisations. Their negotiations, conclusion and implementation raise important legal and practical questions (in terms of competence, authority, competence, responsibility) and often confuse not only experts from the countries and organisations with which the EU cooperates, but also European experts and students. This book, based on articles presented at a conference of the Universities of Leiden and Bristol in May 2008, provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the legal and practical problems raised by joint agreements. It brings together leading international scientists in the field of EU external relations, including two judges at the European Court of Justice and a judge of the EFTA Court of Justice, as well as legal advisers from EU institutions, Member States and third countries. This book will be of interest to scientists and students of European and international law, officials of EU institutions, practitioners of EU and international law, political scientists and researchers in international relations, as well as students in European law, politics and international affairs. As the contributions of other participants at the De mœur-Bristol conference have shown, joint agreements pose considerable difficulties for academics and practitioners working in the legal system of the European Union. However, the problems posed by the mix are by no means limited to the Europeans: the joint agreements pose enormous challenges to the contracting parties of the EU, which have to face new legal and practical questions imposed on their contractual practices by European law and related political decisions. The contracting parties of the EU are well aware that the impetus given to mixed agreements comes from European law and cannot be fully understood outside this analytical framework. With the partial exception of non-European Economic Area countries, European law, which has an impact on mixing, is not the domestic law of the EU`s contracting parties and does not govern it by international law either. For these partners, the mix is less experienced as an analytically complex constitutional and legal doctrine than as a seemingly endless series of practical problems. “Revisited Joint Agreements address the many practical and legal challenges that joint agreements entail in negotiation, conclusion, implementation and interpretation. The diversity of perspectives that address the phenomenon of mixing, including scientists, practitioners, judges, the views of European institutions, European Member States and third countries, reinforces the awareness of the complexity of the mix and underlines the interdependence of many unresolved issues that have not lost their relevance after the Lisbon Treaty came into force….

An indispensable guide for mixing SCIENTISTs, practitioners and students of EU external relations. “The Edinburgh Law Review, Volume 15, Issue 2″One of the joyful features of the book is the wide range of perspectives. Beyond the more familiar analyses of EU jurisprudence and the Court of Justice, the reader will find the issue of mixing from a number of other interesting angles. Contributors do not seek only to analyze and describe the law and practice of mixed agreements in their current form. They evaluate the current position in depth, sometimes not parsimonious critically, and propose various improvements. All of this contributes to an extremely rewarding reading experience. Mixed Agreements Revisited is a worthy successor to the book o`Keeffe and Schermers published more than 25 years ago, and it will undoubtedly become one of the standard works on the subject. “Common Market Law Review, Volume 48, Number 2 Look at all Google Scholar quotes for this article.