The History of Common Market Law Review 1963–1993

21 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2017

Date Written: August 2017


The transnational organisation of an academic discipline of European law has been a key component in the history of European law. A constitutive element is explored in this article, namely, the journal Common Market Law Review (CML Rev.). General existing claims of a strong connection between the Community institutions and academia in the transnational, academic discipline of European law are substantiated, and it is documented how CML Rev. legitimised the jurisprudence of the ECJ, differentiated European law from international law and countered national criticism as the academic lighthouse of the discipline in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, other forces drove the academic field forward, and CML Rev. lost its position as the avant‐garde in the discipline, but the journal developed a critical stance and rejected the most radical claims of the ECJ on the ultimate authority as part of a development towards professional maturity in the same period.

Suggested Citation

Byberg, Rebekka, The History of Common Market Law Review 1963–1993 (August 2017). European Law Journal, Vol. 23, Issue 1-2, pp. 45-65, 2017, Available at SSRN: or

Rebekka Byberg (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165

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