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Reading the Others: American Legal Scholars and the Unfolding European Integration
European Journal of Law Reform (2009)
  • Giuseppe Martinico, Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales
The aim of this paper consists of the analysis of the American comparative lawyers’ perspective with regards to the first steps of European integration. Between the 1950s and 1970s, a substantial debate concerning the 'strategies' of legal/political integration used by the European political actors arose in several comparative legal reviews and journals. During those years many authors from both sides of the Atlantic compared their perspectives considering the comparability between American and European integration. The general influence of the American power on the rise of the European Communities was deeply studied by scholars: the well known essay by Lundestad 'Empire by Integration,' for example, demonstrates the great length and breadth of the studies in this field. Nevertheless these analyses do not exhaustively cover the influence of the 'American ideas' on the destiny of integration In this paper I would like to analyse the earliest articles written by American scholars, such as Peter Hay and Eric Stein, in order to identify their possible influence on the activity of the following 'actors:' the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the European Federalist Movement and, finally, scholars in the field of European legal studies
  • Comparative legal studies,
  • European Integration,
  • American scholars
Publication Date
June 15, 2009
Citation Information
Giuseppe Martinico. "Reading the Others: American Legal Scholars and the Unfolding European Integration" European Journal of Law Reform Vol. 11 Iss. 1 (2009)
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