Individual Rights in EU Law

  • Bjarte Thorson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

  3. Rights and Their Application

  4. Rights and Their Protection

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      Pages 83-83
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  5. Rights and Their Scope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
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  6. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 359-395

About this book


This book explores the EU law notion of ‘individual rights’. It examines which sorts of rules grant EU legal rights to individuals, how it is decided if a right is conferred, and which individuals may claim the judicial protection of a right. It further discusses the legal implications and consequences of holding an EU legal right with respect to the interpretation and application of EU law in general and to specific remedies such as declaratory remedies, injunctions, restitution and damages. On a more overarching level, the book explores the question of how the idea of EU law rights relates to other fundamental EU law concepts such as the principles of effectiveness and direct effect, and discusses the legal stringency of the EU courts’ ‘rights language’ in light of the overall aim of European integration. It thus contributes to the body of literature that aims to shed new light on the borders of the sui generis legal order that is EU law.


EU law Individual rights Fundamental rights Remedies EU courts EU authorities

Authors and affiliations

  • Bjarte Thorson
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  1. 1.Department of Private LawUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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