European Union law

rules operating within EU member states

European Union law is a system of rules working within the member states of the European Union (EU).[1] The EU has political systems, social and economic policies are aimed to help nation states for the purpose of cooperation and human development.[2] According to its Court of Justice the EU represents "a new legal order of international law".[3]


  1. See TEU art 3(1) 'The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples.' (3) '... and shall promote social justice and protection...'
  2. See TEU arts 3(3) 'It shall work for the sustainable development of Europe based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment'. Art 4(3) 'Pursuant to the principle of sincere cooperation, the Union and the Member States shall, in full mutual respect, assist each other in carrying out tasks which flow from the Treaties'.
  3. Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen (1963) Case 26/62