- General principles of international law — Soft law — EC Law, relationship with international law — Treaties, application — Treaties, interpretation — Subsidiarity — EC Law
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1 In legal and political discourses subsidiarity most commonly refers to a principle which guides the allocation and exercise of public authority in systems of multi-level governance (see also International Governance). The subsidiarity principle expresses a preference for the allocation and exercise of governmental functions at the lowest level of governance.2 The origins of subsidiarity are often traced back to Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, or Althusius. As a structural principle to guide the allocation and exercise of competences at different levels of a polity,...