EU Law: the democratic deficit Q&A



In this recording of a live lecture the following LLB examination question relating to the democratic deficit is considered.

The question: “The so called ‘democratic deficit’ continues to be the most serious problem with the EU’s institutional system”.

With reference to the law governing the EU institutions and, in particular, the role of the Court of Justice of the EU in the EU constitutional system, do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Issues discussed include: the democratic deficit, the European Parliament, the role of national Parliaments, EU elections, the appointment of the European Commissioner, the appointment of judges, the role of the ECJ, human rights, the ECHR and the EU, ECJ jurisprudence on the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Cases discussed include: Roquette Freres (1980), Les Verts (1985), Nold (1974), Transocean Marine (1974), Schmidberger (1970), Familiapress (1997), N.S. v Secretary of State for Home Department (2012), Fransson (2013), Melloni (2013).

Recording: 59 minutes (approx)


Denis Edwards – Experienced lecturer and examiner of a number of LLB subjects including EU law, Public law and Human rights. He has produced newsletters and audio recordings on EU Law for the University of London International Programmes VLE. In addition, as consultant professor to the Russian State University, he teaches EU law to students in Moscow studying for the University of London International Programme LLB. He practices as a Barrister at Francis Taylor Building, London and is a visiting lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Recorded – April 2016