iCourts working paper no. 50 published
The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) has published its 50th working paper.
You can access all 50 working papers here.
Working paper number 50: “EU Law Classics in the Making: Methodological Notes on Grands Arrêts at the European Court of Justice” was written by professor Antoine Vauchez of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and permanent visiting professor to iCourts. The abstract reads:
To a large extent, EU law is a history made of many judicial stories. And yet, after decades of exegesis, we still know surprisingly little about these grands arrêts that “shaped” EU law as we know it. As a result of the continuous efforts to aggregate and index them, Europe’s founding decisions have turned into a rather simplified set of principles: Van Gend en Loos equals “direct effect”, Costa means “supremacy”, Defrennes is “non-discrimination”, etc. This paper suggests that it is time to retrieve these landmark cases as historically and socially complex “moments” that cannot be reduced to mere steps in a developmentalist narrative, and provide a thick description of the social fabric through which they were elevated into turning points of Europe’s legal, economic and political integration.
The full paper can be accessed here.
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