This book examines the birth of the European individual as a juridical problem, focusing on legal case dossiers from the European Court of Justice as an electrifying laboratory for the study of law and society. Foucault’s story of the modern subject constitutes the book’s main theoretical inspiration, as it considers the encounter between legal and other practices within a more general field of juridical power: a network of active relations, between different social spheres.

Through the analysis of delinquent individuals – each expelled from one of the Member States – the raw material for constructing the idea of the European individual is uncovered. The European individual, it is argued, emerged out of the intersection of regimes of law, security and economy, and its practices of knowledge-power.

Birth of the European Individual: Law, Security, Economy will be of interest to those studying the individual in law, as well as anyone considering the relationships between power and the individual.

chapter |17 pages


chapter |28 pages


part |58 pages

Human forms

chapter |12 pages

Homo juridicus and homo œconomicus

chapter |34 pages

Royer: rights and decisions

chapter |10 pages

Law-breaker and delinquent

part |53 pages


chapter |14 pages

Law and war

chapter |13 pages

Law and order

part |84 pages


chapter |12 pages

Knowledge of society

chapter |45 pages

Adoui and Cornuaille: legality and equity

chapter |12 pages

Knowledge of the individual

chapter |13 pages

Recapitulation, conclusion