New Book on the Prohibition of Abuse of Law in EU Law


Is the Prohibition of Abuse of Law a New General Principle of EU Law? This was the topic of a conference which took place in Oxford in October 2008 and now the subject of this recently released volume in the Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.

The Court of Justice has been alluding to ‘abuse and abusive practices’ for more than thirty years, but for a long time the significance of these references has been unclear. Few lawyers examined the case law, and those who did doubted whether it had led to the development of a legal principle. Within the last few years there has been a radical change of attitude, largely due to the development by the Court of an abuse test and its application within the field of taxation. In this book, academics and practitioners from all over Europe discuss the development of the Court’s approach to abuse of law across the whole spectrum of European Union law, analysing the case-law from the 1970s to the present day and exploring the consequences of the introduction of the newly designated ‘principle of prohibition of abuse of law’ for the development of the laws of the EU and those of the Member States.

The book, which was edited by Rita de la Feria and Stefan Vogenauer (Oxford), covers the whole spectrum of EU law, which includes quite a few topics of interest for private international law scholars: company law, insolvency, civil procedure, and private law in general.

The full table of contents can be found here.