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What is Law in the European Union? The Implementation of the European Union Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

Dr Bettina Lange
Jean-Monnet Fellow, European University Institute
Email: b.lange@law.keele.ac.uk|

Date: 1 March 2005
Time
: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue
: CARR Seminar Room, H615

Abstract

The formal law in the books and official legal actors, such as the EU Commission and Courts have been a major focus for lawyers' and political scientists' conceptualisations and explanations of the role of law in EU integration. In this paper I analyse the significance of the law in action and technical staff in harmonising limits to emissions to air, water and land under the IPPC Directive. The paper critically examines whether normativity really generates integration and how it can be conceptualised. It suggests that the law in action - in particular the key obligation for mainly industrial operators to employ 'the best available techniques' in their plants - draws on subtle shifts and exchanges between frequently renegotiated and reconstructed notions of a social and a legal sphere. The paper traces how behavioural and discursive resources are mobilised for this law job.

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