The Court of Justice and the Construction of Europe: Analyses and Perspectives on Sixty Years of Case-law - La Cour de Justice et la Construction de l'Europe: Analyses et Perspectives de Soixante Ans de Jurisprudence

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The Cooperation Between European Courts: The Verbund of European Courts and its Legal Toolbox

  • Andreas VoßkuhleAffiliated withFederal Constitutional Court of Germany Email author 

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This contribution focuses on the question of the methods which the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and the German Federal Constitutional Court—as one of the national constitutional courts—use in the process of cooperating and ensuring coherence in their common multilevel cooperation system (Rechtsprechungsverbund). The article identifies a set of formal and substantive tools applied in this Verbund.


Court of Justice European Court of Human Rights Federal Constitutional Court of Germany Solange II Lisbon Treaty Lisbon judgement of the German Federal Constitutional Court Identity review Principle of openness towards European Law Preliminary ruling Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union Europäischer Menschenrechtsgerichtshof Bundesverfassungsgericht Lissabonner Vertrag Lissabon-Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts Identitätskontrolle Europarechtsfreundlichkeit Vorabentscheidungsverfahren Rechtsprechungsverbund Gerichtsverbund Verbund