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Language and Culture in EU Law: Introduction and Overview

BySusan Šarčević

The accession of Croatia to the EU on 1 July 2013 provided an opportune occasion for European scholars and EU practitioners to gather at the Jean Monnet InterUniversity Centre of Excellence in Opatija for a multidisciplinary conference to discuss the vital role of language and culture as driving forces in the dynamics of EU law. The chapters in this volume are based on the papers presented at the conference although all of them have been expanded and fine-tuned. Each chapter examines certain aspects of the unique role of language and culture in shaping EU law, which is founded on the principles of linguistic and cultural diversity. The goal therefore is not only to investigate the multilingual and multicultural character of EU law, but first and foremost to show how multilingualism and multiculturalism have influenced its development.