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Institutional and Legal Development of EAEU and EU in Comparative Perspective

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Despite the relatively short history of its development, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is becoming more confident about itself as a successful integration project. At the same time, there is a growing interest in the EAEU by the political elite and scientific community in Russia and abroad. The EAEU is investigated from different points of view, but almost no research is carried out without a comparative legal analysis of the EAEU and the European Union (EU). Both unions belong to the same type of integration organizations; the EAEU was largely created in the image of the EU. However, an analysis of the institutional and legal structure of the EAEU and the EU shows there are fundamental differences between the two unions concerning the principles of their functioning. This article substantiates the fact that supranational constitutionalization within the EU is not typical for the EAEU and is even harmful. At the same time, the technical tools developed by the EU can be useful to the EAEU for resolving current challenges of ensuring sustainability and self-affirmation in the international arena. This experience is of importance in view of the crisis experienced by the EU, since only they were able to manifest what institutional and legal decisions are working within the framework of an integration association, and which should be discarded. It is vital that the EAEU not repeat the mistakes and miscalculations of the EU.

About the Authors

Mark Entin
MGIMO University
Russian Federation

Professor, Head of EU Law Department

76 Vernadskogo Av., Moscow, 119454

Vadim Voynikov
Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
Russian Federation

Associate Professor, Department of International and EU Law

14 Aleksandra Nevskogo st., Kaliningrad, 236016


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For citation:

Entin M., Voynikov V. Institutional and Legal Development of EAEU and EU in Comparative Perspective. Russian Law Journal. 2019;7(3):155-168.

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