Brokering Europe: Euro-Lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity

51 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013

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Antoine Vauchez

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Date Written: May 14, 2013


This Working Paper explores how the entanglement between Law and European polity-building was initially established. To this aim, it follows the short historical sequence in which EC institutions and policies set up by the Rome Treaties were first invented and formalized. It considers the early emergence of transnational microcosms of practitioners of European politics, judiciary, bureaucracy and market in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Often endowed with legal credentials and well-connected to legal scholarship and judiciaries, these first office holders shaped the foundational concepts and theories through which EC-specific institutions and policies soon established themselves. The paper therefore contends that lawyers and their ad hoc legal theories were integral to the transformation of the institutional and policy complex set up by the Paris and the Rome Treaties (three separate Communities, a complex set of institutions, a variety of policies) into one ‘constitutional settlement’ providing a unitary understanding of this emerging transnational institutional terrain.

Suggested Citation

Vauchez, Antoine, Brokering Europe: Euro-Lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity (May 14, 2013). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 19/2013, Available at SSRN: or

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