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General Principles of EU Law and the Protection of Fundamental Rights / Chiara Amalfitano

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The book demonstrates that, due to their complementary and autonomous function, the general principles still play a key role in the protection of fundamental rights within the EU despite the binding force of the Charter. Analysis throughout the book shows that the role of general principles concerning fundamental rights is particularly evident when they reflect the specificities of the EU legal system, and contribute to ensuring its autonomy. These conclusions are supported through a comprehensive review of the relevant case law of the European Court of Justice in the field of fundamental rights protection.
A particular focus is placed on convergences and discrepancies with respect to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.
This work will be of great interest to scholars who are researching the protection of fundamental rights within the legal order of the EU. Human rights lawyers will also find this a compelling text.


‘Chiara Amalfitano offers a comprehensive and original examination of the Court of Justice’s voluminous case law in the field of fundamental rights during the post Lisbon Treaty era. It must be particularly commended for its stimulating reading of the rapidly adapting, if not evolving, role of general principles concerning fundamental rights, since the entry into force of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.’
– Laurent Pech, Middlesex University London, UK


Chiara Amalfitano, General Principles of EU Law and the Protection of Fundamental Rights, Cheltenam, Edward Elgar Pub, 2018, 240 p.


Chiara Amalfitano è Professore Associato di Diritto dell'Unione europea presso il Dipartimento di Diritto pubblico italiano e sovranazionale dell’Università degli Studi di Milano.

25 maggio 2018
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