Conference Contribution Details
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Cahill, Maria
Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Law Teachers
The Legal Bindingness of the Irish 'Guarantees'
Peer Reviewed Abstract
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Given that Croatia finished Accession negotiations on 30th June, 2011, and will likely sign and ratify the Accession Treaty by the end of 2011, although Accession and entry into force will not be likely until June 2013, the question of the legal value of the “guarantees” offered to Ireland in advance of the second referendum to ratify the Lisbon Treaty re-emerges. This paper seeks to conduct a detailed examination of the legal value of the Lisbon guarantees (1) as a matter of international law; (2) as a matter of European law; (3) as a matter of national constitutional law. The conclusion will be that the guarantees may have a legal value that has hitherto been unsuspected.