Politics, Ethics & the Law, Legal Practice & Scholarship

28 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2008 Last revised: 22 Dec 2008

Date Written: December 9, 2008


This paper examines legal practice, legal scholarship, ethics and politics from the viewpoint of an academic who in his lifetime has, besides having been a professor, been a vice-rector, a civil servant, an advocate general and an anti-corruption officer. As a vice-rector he acknowledged the essence of decision making: based on intuition kept in check by deliberation. As a civil servant he learned to involve considerations of general interest in the decision making process. As an advocate general he tried to combine assistance to the Court with assistance to the legal community in a multicultural and pluralist European environment. As an "anti-corruption" officer he used his judicial experience to advance reform in the EC Commission. As an academic he sought to promote the "bottom up" approach of comparative law: from judicial (and legislative) solutions to general principles which the EU member states have in common.

Suggested Citation

Gerven, Walter, Politics, Ethics & the Law, Legal Practice & Scholarship (December 9, 2008). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 19/2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1313904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1313904

Walter Gerven (Contact Author)

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000

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