Book Review: Edward and Lane on European Union Law

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David Edward and Robert Lane. Edward and Lane on European Union Law. 2013. Edward Elgar. 1,200pp. £250.

This impressive tome provides a solid option for a treatise on European Union law. The book covers the legal history of the EU, its institutions, and all areas of substantive law provided by the EU treaties. Each chapter begins with a table of contents for that chapter, a very thoughtful aid for the reader. The text is heavily footnoted, and the volume has a complete index and tables of treaties, cases, and legislation cited.

The discussion is thorough and, thankfully, not as dry as one finds in many treatises. The EU has gone through a few iterations as new governing treaties are adopted and new members join. The author is careful to provide historical background and clearly indicates how each treaty changed an institution or legal rule. The book includes several annexes; especially helpful are a note on the reporting of judgments of the European Court of Justice and a table showing where equivalent provisions appear in each of the governing treaties.

The treatise is by a British academic and appears to be directed primarily to British practitioners. Thus, UK cases and practice receive slightly more attention. This volume is a worthwhile reference work for academic law libraries collecting for research and courses on the EU and attorneys seeking an advanced but accessible introduction to EU law.

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