Reading the Others: American Legal Scholars and the Unfolding European Integration
European Journal of Law Reform, Vol. XI, no. 1, pp 35-49
15 Pages Posted: 25 May 2008 Last revised: 21 Dec 2015
The aim of this paper is to analyze the perspective of American comparative lawyers with regard to the first steps of European integration. Between the 1950s and 1970s, a substantial debate on the ‘strategies’ of legal/political integration used by European political actors arose in several comparative legal reviews and journals. During those years, many authors from both sides of the Atlantic compared their perspectives on the comparability of American and European integration.
The general infl uence of the United States on the rise of the European Communities was deeply studied by scholars. For example, the well-known essay by Lundestad, Empire by Integration, demonstrates the great length and breadth of the studies in this fi eld. Nevertheless, these analyses do not exhaustively cover the infl uence of ‘American ideas’ on the destiny of European integration. This paper analyzes the earliest articles written by American scholars, such as Peter Hay and Eric Stein, in order to identify their possible infl uence on the activity of the following ‘actors’: the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the European Federalist Movement and, finally, scholars in the field of European legal studies.
Keywords: Comparative Law, European integration, American comparative lawyers, European Court of justice, European Federalist Movement, European Studies
JEL Classification: K00, K39
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