Abstract: Following an analysis of selected COVID-19 emergency instruments, this article shows that the current crisis increases the salience of both the advantages and the drawbacks of soft law instruments. It argues that now is a decisive moment for the future of the European Union soft law, from the point of view of research, as well as of policymaking. It is necessary to use the opportunity offered by this crisis to clarify, without impairing fl exibility, the processes through which soft law should be issued, as well as the potential effects that such instruments can have absent legally binding force.
Keywords: soft law; COVID-19; legal effects; legitimacy; European Union
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