Judgment of the Court, Van Gend & Loos, Case 26-62 (5 February 1963)
The Van Gend & Loos judgment is one of the most important judgments in the development of the Community legal order. The European Court of Justice specifies that the Community constitutes a new legal order of international law for the benefit of which the States have limited their sovereign rights and the subjects of which comprise not only Member States but also their nationals. The Court concludes from this a fundamental principle: that of the direct effect of Community law.
Source:Reports of Cases before the Court. 1963. [s.l.].
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