1 Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Area of Research, The Faculty of Law, Københavns Universitet2 PhD programme, Full-time Law programs, The Faculty of Law, Københavns Universitet3 unknown4 PhD programme, Full-time Law programs, The Faculty of Law, Københavns Universitet
In this article, we use case-to-case citation networks to explore the force of precedent in EU law. We introduce a novel methodology to analyse the extent to which references to past decisions act as reasons for decisions in subsequent cases and illustrate the approach on the European citizenship case-law citation network. We conclude that the cohesive pull of precedent in EU citizenship case-law is too weak to generate a coherent judicial doctrine, thereby confirming qualitative research on the subject. However, the incursions into competences of the Member States in areas, found only tangential to EU citizenship, form a more consistent underlying story.
European Law Journal, 2014, Vol 20, Issue 4, p. 544-567