The Court of Justice of the European Communities and Governance in an Economic Crisis

An economic crisis with the dimensions of the one raging in the world today confronts the judiciary – as well as business undertakings, parliaments and governments, workers, their trade unions and other organizations – with new responsibilities. New areas of law suddenly come to the forefront and even those matters which would appear to be the most firmly settled call for a critical reexamination. Such rethinking may maintain what might otherwise be swept away, or improve what deserves to be changed by way of judicial decisions, or demonstrate that legislative action is both necessary and urgent.