© 2013

European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory


Part of the New Security Challenges Series book series (NSECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Tom Dyson, Theodore Konstadinides
    Pages 1-6
  3. Tom Dyson, Theodore Konstadinides
    Pages 7-55
  4. Tom Dyson, Theodore Konstadinides
    Pages 56-85
  5. Tom Dyson, Theodore Konstadinides
    Pages 113-135
  6. Tom Dyson, Theodore Konstadinides
    Pages 136-170
  7. Tom Dyson, Theodore Konstadinides
    Pages 171-180
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-256

About this book


This book offers a novel contribution to the study of post-Cold War European defence. Interdisciplinary in approach, it uses European law to assess the utility of existing theoretical accounts. By exploring the balance of threat theory, it provides new insights into the forces driving and hindering European defence cooperation.


European Law International Relations Theory Defence CSDP Cooperation Neorealism Cold War EU Law Europe European law European Union (EU) Germany Governance government Institution law Lisbon Treaty NATO Policy realism sovereignty

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.University of SurreyUK

About the authors

Tom Dyson is a Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of The Politics of German Defence and Security (2007) and Neoclassical Realism and Defence Reform in Post-Cold War Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Dyson has also published articles on British, French and German defence and security policies in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Contemporary British History; Contemporary Security Policy; Defence Studies; European Security; German Politics and Security Studies.
Theodore Konstadinides is a Lecturer in European Law at the University of Surrey, UK and visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. His research focuses on EU constitutional law, especially the shift of sovereign-sensitive policy areas from the periphery towards the centre of the EU constitutional framework. His most recent publications include Constitutional Identity as a Shield and as a Sword (2011) and Destroying democracy on the ground of defending it?' (2011). He is a founding member of the Surrey European Law Unit.

Bibliographic information


"Tom Dyson and Theodore Konstadinides offer a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the study of European defence cooperation, one that combines legal perspectives based on EU Law with a political and strategic analysis grounded in neorealist theories of international politics. Combining empirical analysis with theoretical explanation, this book makes an important contribution to the academic literature on European security and defence cooperation."

- Adrian Hyde-Price, Professor of International Politics, University of Bath, UK

"In the last few years, the EU's security and defence policy has attracted the attention of legal scholars. These have added to the voluminous literature already produced by international relations experts in the area. And yet, the two communities do not communicate nearly enough. This book remedies this shortcoming and deserves to be read by lawyers and IR scholars alike."

- Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law, University of Bristol, UK