Steering the Good Ship Lollipop: The Legacy of Laurence W. Gormley
Fabian Amtenbrink, Gareth Davies, Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom (eds.), The Internal Market and the Future of European Integration, 1-12 (Cambridge University Press 2019)
11 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2019 Last revised: 28 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 2019
This introduction celebrates the career of Professor Laurence W. Gormley, who has been one of the key navigators of the EU Internal Market. In the narrative of European integration, the EU Internal Market has long played the role of the movie Bright Eyes’ Good Ship Lollipop, steering the peoples of Europe towards the candy land of an ever-closer union, ‘where bon-bons play on the sunny beach of peppermint bay’. As we demonstrate in this contribution, however, in many ways the EU Internal Market is also a carnivalesque Ship of Fools like the one decorating the cover of the Essays in Honour of Laurence W. Gormley. First, we outline the main contributions of Professor Gormley to, among others, tax law, public procurement, judicial protection, and especially, free movement of goods. Then, from the perspective of both the Good Ship Lollipop and the Ship of Fools, we discuss the EU Internal Market’s promise of a better future on the basis of Professor Gormley’s work on the foundations of the Common Market, the fundamental distinction between a Common Market and an Internal Market, the functioning of Article 34 TFEU, including the infamous Keck judgment, and the EU’s system of judicial protection. Whether we conceive the Good Ship Internal Market as a “Good Ship Lollipop” or a “Ship of Fools” – and both metaphors contain a lot of truth – for every student of EU law, Professor Gormley has been impossible to miss as the steersman in the Ship’s crow’s nest who keeps the good directions of the EU Internal Market. In the presence of many fools among us aboard our Ship, Laurence’s role in the project of European integration cannot be overestimated, as a true navigator of good directions, a torchbearer of sound and communautaire reasoning, and, aptly in line with the epilogue of this book, a guardian of the duties of the EU Internal Market’s sanctity.
Keywords: EU Law, Internal Market Law, Judicial Protection, Laurence Gormley
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