A Constitution with Multiple Judicial Voices: The Challenge of Canon Construction in European Constitutionalism

The purpose of my paper is to rethink the narrative and the theory of the legal order of the European Union by investigating the relationships formed among the supreme (constitutional) courts of EU Member States in the process of application of EU law. In particular, the paper looks at the increasing practice of national supreme courts to refer to each others’ legal reasoning when ruling on questions of EU law. I refer to this practice as the ‘multilogue’, given its horizontal and multilateral character. I hope to demonstrate the ways in which this multilogue influences the direction of European integration, both positively and negatively, and shapes the EU’s constitutional identity through increasing the power of national courts to influence the development of EU law.