VAN GEND EN LOOS : THE INDIVIDUAL AS SUBJECT AND OBJECT AND THE DILEMMA OF EUROPEAN LEGITIMACY
This essay examines, first, the reasons for the extraordinary impact and iconic status which are attached to Van Gend en Loos. It argues that the explanation lies in a confluence of structural factors and not in the "direct effect" doctrine simpliciter. It then looks at the "darker" side of the case - a proxy for governance - its contribution to a European narrative of efficiency which disregards the traditional mechanism of democratic legitimacy.
1. THE PROMISE OF VAN GEND EN LOOS
The celebrity status of Van Gend en Loos is surely justified. I feel comfortable in saying that in the annals of judicial decisions of international courts and tribunals none comes even close to Van Gend en Loos in its profound systemic and conceptual impact. Van Gend en Loos did not only shape the legal order ; it played a huge role in constituting that order. For once the word "iconic" is not a cliché.
Fifty years have passed since the European Court of Justice gave what is arguably its most consequential decision : Van Gend en Loos. The UMR de droit comparé de Paris, the European Journal of International Law (EJIL), and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON) decided to mark this anniversary with a workshop, held in Paris end of June 2013, on the case and the myriad of issues surrounding it. In orientation our purpose was not to 'celebrate' Van Gend en Loos, but to revisit the case critically ; to problematize it; to look at its distinct bright side but also at the dark side of the moon; to examine its underlying assumptions and implications and to place it in a comparative context, using it as a yardstick to explore developments in other regions in the world. The result is a set of articles which both individually and as a whole demonstrate the legacy and the ongoing relevance of this landmark decision.
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