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Lawyering Europe

European Law as a Transnational Social Field

Editor(s): Antoine Vauchez, Bruno de Witte
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Published: 13-03-2013
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 306
ISBN: 9781782250944
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Modern Studies in European Law
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About Lawyering Europe

While scholarly writing has dealt with the role of law in the process of European integration, so far it has shed little light on the lawyers and communities of lawyers involved in that process. Law has been one of the most thoroughly investigated aspects of the European integration process, and EU law has become a well-established academic discipline, with the emergence more recently of an impressive body of legal and political science literature on 'European law in context'. Yet this field has been dominated by an essentially judicial narrative, focused on the role of the European courts, underestimating in the process the multifaceted roles lawyers and law play in the EU polity, notably the roles they play beyond the litigation arena. This volume seeks to promote a deeper understanding of European law as a social and political phenomenon, presenting a more complete view of the European legal field by looking beyond the courts, and at the same time broadening the scholarly horizon by exploring the ways in which European law is actually made. To do this it describes the roles of the great variety of actors who stand behind legal norms and decisions, bringing together perspectives from various disciplines (law, political science, political sociology and history), to offer a global multi-disciplinary reassessment of the role of 'law' and 'lawyers' in the European integration process.

Table Of Contents

Introduction. Euro-lawyering, Transnational Social Fields and European Polity-Building
Antoine Vauchez
Part I: Repeat Players
1. 'Ten Majestic Figures in Long Amaranth Robes': The Formation of theCourt of Justice of the European Communities
Antonin Cohen
2. The Role of Legal Services in the Elaboration of European Legislation
Jean Paul Jacqué
3. From the Margins on the European Legal Field: The Governments' Agentsand their Influence on the Development of European Union Law
Marie-Pierre Granger
Part II: Centres and Peripheries
4. Courts United? On European Judicial Networks
Maartje de Visser and Monica Claes
5. European Union Law: A Unified Academic Discipline?
Bruno de Witte
6. The ECHR and the Birth of (European) Human Rights Law as anAcademic Discipline
Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez
Part III: European Elites and their Legal Credentials
7. Where Have all the Lawyers Gone? Structures and Transformations ofTop European Commission Officials' Legal Training
Didier Georgakakis and Marine de Lassalle
8. The Creation of Institutional Expertise at the European Parliament: Legal and Political Resources of the Members of the Constitutional Affairs Committee
Laurent Godmer and Guillaume Marrel
9. Law and Lawyers in the Brussels World of Commercial Consultants
Christian Lahusen
Part IV: The Disputed Role of Law in the Government of Europe
10. The Power of Legal Knowledge in the Reform of Fundamental Law: The Case of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights
Mikael Rask Madsen
11. Soft Law and the Rule of Law in the European Union: Revision or Redundancy?
Mark Dawson
12. Eurolegalism and the European Legal Field
R Daniel Kelemen
13. Opportunities and Limits of a Weak Field: Lawyers and the Genesis of a Field of European Economic Power
Yves Dezalay


“Vauchez and de Witte have assembled a volume which provides many excellent and diverse perspectives on law, the legal profession, and actors across the legal field and their contribution to the process of European integration.
...any student of European Law, a lawyer or political scientist searching for a different perspective on the process of European Integration, this volume will provide many answers, and likely inspire many new avenues of exploration.
” –  Joelle Grogan, EUtopia Law Blog

“Unlike many edited collections, there is a clear empirical and theoretical unity so that the chapters stand as contributions to the thesis rather than the volume being an aggregation of essays. They are uniformly interesting and well-written, even where the authors are clearly not working in their first language. Either the editors have been very lucky in their contributors or they have been very diligent in improving the writing. is a coherent and stimulating collection [and as] with all best work, any reader will both learn a good deal from it and be stimulated to think where the project might go next.

” –  Robert Dingwall, Law and Politics Book Review, Volume 24, Number 3

“The book is written in clear, highly structured language and is based on a solid methodological approach...Lawyering Europe deserves to be deeply recommended to anyone who wants to seriously keep up with this field.” –  Agata Ludera-Ruszel, Journal of Common Market Studies

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