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EU Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

EU Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (8th edn)

Matthew Homewood and Clare Smith
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date: 25 March 2023

p. 222. EU law in national courtslocked

p. 222. EU law in national courtslocked

  • Matthew J. HomewoodMatthew J. HomewoodDeputy Dean and Associate Professor, Nottingham Law School
  •  and Clare SmithClare SmithSenior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School


This chapter discusses the key concepts within the EU legal order: supremacy, direct effect, indirect effect, and state liability. The doctrine of supremacy dictates that EU law takes precedence over conflicting provisions of national law. If a provision of EU law is directly effective, it gives rise to rights upon which individuals can rely directly in the national court. If an EU measure is not directly effective, a claimant may be able to rely on it through the application of indirect effect, which requires national law to be interpreted in accordance with relevant EU law. State liability gives rise to a right to damages where an individual has suffered loss because a Member State has failed to implement a directive or has committed other breaches of EU law.

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