Global Standards and EU Law: Challenges for EU Public Law
Standards made at global level are present in virtually every aspect of daily life. Despite their undoubted trade advantages in a globalized society, they are often produced through obscure procedures, without democratic credentials or societal involvement. These shortcomings in global standard-setting process raise legal concerns because these standards are often incorporated into EU and national measures. In fact, EU law is increasingly permeated by global standards which enter the EU legal system through different legal mechanisms. In this panel, the speakers will critically reflect on the incorporation of global standards in EU law via European legislative, non-legislative and soft law measures, and on the legal questions raised by this. Furthermore, it will examine the extent to which they respect basic tenets of public law, such as transparency and participation. Finally, it will consider questions of legitimacy in relation to the EU as multi-layered system and as global actor.