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The EU perspective: Enforcing the internal market or revising the Laval doctrine?
Journal Title: GIORNALE DI DIRITTO DEL LAVORO E DI RELAZIONI INDUSTRIALI  
Author/s: Rebecca Zahn, Bruno de Witte 
Year:  2011 Issue: 131 Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 433-446 FullText PDF:  289 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GDL2011-131006
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The Swedish Labour Court handed down its decision in the Laval case on 2nd December 2009. The Labour Court applied EU law principles on state liability to private parties in order to find a trade union liable for damages for taking unlawful collective action. However, the broad interpretation given by the Labour Court to EU law is problematic for a number of reasons. The revised EU constitutional framework, following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty also puts in a new perspective not only the judgment of the Labour Court but also the ECJ’s own ruling in Laval. In light of these concerns, this paper questions whether the Labour Court adopted the right approach in dealing with the question of liability for violations of EU law and discusses some of the wider concerns that the judgment raises.
Keywords: EU law liability; Trade unions; Damages; EU constitutional framework; Treaty of Lisbon; ECHR

Rebecca Zahn, Bruno de Witte, The EU perspective: Enforcing the internal market or revising the Laval doctrine? in "GIORNALE DI DIRITTO DEL LAVORO E DI RELAZIONI INDUSTRIALI " 131/2011, pp. 433-446, DOI:10.3280/GDL2011-131006

   

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