The main aim of this paper is to confront the diplomatic ambitions of the EU, in particular through the European External Action Service, with the reality of international law. Treaty provisions as well as policy documents and statements of EU officials reveal a development in the direction of a strengthened role for the EU itself as a diplomatic actor. The findings underline a continued tension between the EU’s diplomatic ambitions and EU and international law as it stands. In relation to the EU’s internal structures, there is no doubt that in the new EU institutional landscape dividing lines remain firmly in place. Yet, the working arrangements do point to ‘holistic’ thinking implying cooperation and reciprocity. In addition the paper argues that the EU’s ambitions sit uncomfortably with traditional state-centred international diplomatic law. Extensive diplomatic activity of the EU depends on the acceptance by the willingness of third states to accept the EU as a diplomatic actor.
|Publication status||Published - 26 Oct 2012|
|Event||Cambridge-Durham European Law Workshop on External Relations Law of the European Union, Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge - Cambridge, UK|
Duration: 26 Oct 2012 → 27 Oct 2012
|Conference||Cambridge-Durham European Law Workshop on External Relations Law of the European Union, Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge|
|Period||26/10/12 → 27/10/12|