The book is dedicated to improving our understanding of the Court in relationship to other actors, including other EU institutions, the Member States, national courts, third countries, and international organisations. It is based on a conference arranged by the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies (SNELS) held at Stockholm University in December 2016, and includes contributions by both lawyers and researchers in other fields, as well as current members of the Court.
This chapter by Naurin and Larsson makes a claim that may appear absurd to many European legal and political science scholars, namely that we have something to learn from the Americans when it comes to courts and politics in Europe. It outlines a brief defence of the Separation of Powersmodel (SOP) of judicial politics, and its application to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on theoretical and empirical grounds. The SOP model is a positive theoretical model, which was developed to understand the interaction between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of power in the United States. Versions of it have subsequently been exported by political scientists and international relations scholars to other contexts.