Building on Unsafe Foundations? International Law making and the European Union
A major driver of the European Union's current reform process has been the need to create systems that enable the EU to participate more effectively in the field of international relations. Part of the reason for this involves the EC's growing role in international governance. One aspect of this that is particular interest, is the EU's developing role in international organisations, specifically the WTO.1 Such developments are based upon the assumption that greater EU involvement in external affairs is a positive development. This paper questions this assumption and in particular examines the difficulties inherent in holding EU activities in international law to account. More specifically it examines whether the EU's involvement in international organisations can be regarded as legitimate given its current accountability structures.