The Limits of Transnational Scholarship on EU Law. A View from Germany

EUI Working Paper LAW 2016/14

34 Pages Posted: 28 May 2016

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Daniel Thym

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 27, 2016


Scholarship on EU law is well established but arguably lacks sensitivity to the methodological characteristics of transnational discourse. The defining features of the supranational legal order are more fluid than those of domestic legal systems and, moreover, academic debates occur in different languages. This contribution highlights the limits of transnational debates about EU law through a quantitative assessment of both citation practices and the geographical spread of authorship in specialised law journals. Against that background, it uses the example of Germany to designate areas defining national specificities in the methodological approach towards EU law. In doing so, this contribution considers language regimes, publication formats, the role of legal education and practice, the relative weight of theoretical and doctrinal approaches, as well as interaction with international and constitutional law.

Keywords: EU law, languages, transnationalism, academic carreer paths, Germany

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Thym, Daniel, The Limits of Transnational Scholarship on EU Law. A View from Germany (May 27, 2016). EUI Working Paper LAW 2016/14, Available at SSRN:

Daniel Thym (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Konstanz, 78457

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