How to Become a Transnational Elite: Lawyers' Politics at the Genesis of the European Communities (1950-1970)

PARADOXES OF EUROPEAN LEGAL INTEGRATION, Chapter 10, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2007 Last revised: 17 Dec 2008

Antoine Vauchez

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Euro-lawyers are an enigma to anyone studying EU polity. While European studies have granted Law with a critical role as the real engine of the integration process, we actually know very little about the persons whose task is to manipulate this body of law. Drawing on a sociological perspective, this paper studies the emergence of this transnational legal elite in the early years of the European construction. Far from being this sort of epistemic community sharing the same beliefs in the European rule of law, the first Euro-lawyers deploy themselves in vast and multi-level array of hetergeneous (and often) conflicting interests that make up EC polity at this early stage. We therefore contend that the central characteristics of this emerging elite is not its sharing a common agenda (Legal federalism) but rather its acting as go-betweeners and brokers within this nascent European polity.

Keywords: European elites, European law, Sociology, European Union, European Court of Justice

Suggested Citation

Vauchez, Antoine, How to Become a Transnational Elite: Lawyers' Politics at the Genesis of the European Communities (1950-1970) (2007). PARADOXES OF EUROPEAN LEGAL INTEGRATION, Chapter 10, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1028694

Antoine Vauchez (Contact Author)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ( email )

14 rue Cujas
Departement de science politique
Paris, 75020
France

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