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Here be dragons: legal geography and EU law

De Witte, Floris ORCID: 0000-0001-8068-7110 (2022) Here be dragons: legal geography and EU law. European Law Open, 1 (1). 113 - 125. ISSN 2752-6135

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Identification Number: 10.1017/elo.2021.2


This paper sets out a research agenda for EU legal geography. It identifies some central traits to the project of legal geography, a relatively new and increasingly populated interdisciplinary space that links legal studies with geography. While the EU and the project of integration appear to offer particularly rich soil for the legal geographer, very little attention has been paid to the ways in which the nature, structure and lived experience of the EU can be explained from a spatial and temporal perspective. For many reasons, as will be elaborated, this is a shame. Most crucially, perhaps, there is a growing realisation in EU studies in general that the authority and legitimacy of the EU depends, more and more, on how it is experienced by its citizens. Legal geography, with its spatial awareness and focus on the way in which space, time and law are co-constituted, offers a lens, language and conceptual framework to fill this void. While EU lawyers have occasionally and haphazardly ventured into the terrain of legal geography, much work is to be done. This could take the form of methodological, empirical, or conceptual work, and would offer a new dimension to existing accounts of European integration and to the central concepts in doctrinal and constitutional work in EU legal studies.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 19:18

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