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Learning Legal RulesA Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning

Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning (10th edn)

James Holland and Julian Webb
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date: 23 September 2023

p. 35511. European Legal Methodlocked

p. 35511. European Legal Methodlocked

  • James HollandJames HollandProfessor Emeritus, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England
  •  and Julian WebbJulian WebbProfessor of Law, Melbourne Law School


Since 1973, the English legal system has been radically affected by what is now called ‘EU law’. EU law takes precedence over all national laws, including legislation. This chapter explains the basic structure and relevance of EU institutions, legislation, and case law, and how these affect the methods of legal analysis we employ. The discussions cover the sources of EU law; the institutions of the EU and their increasingly important role in our law-making; the main analytical techniques employed by European lawyers; and the legal method employed in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the effect of EU law on the drafting and interpretation of UK Legislation.

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