Boston University School of Law

European Union Law in U.S. Legal Academia

Daniela Caruso

Forthcoming, 20 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law (2011),
Symposium Issue: The European Union Twenty Years after Maastricht

Boston University School of Law Working Paper 11-53
(October 26, 2011)

Abstract

The history of EU law in the J.D. curriculum is a classical tale of rise and fall. An avant-garde, boutique offering in the 1970s, and a fairly popular course in the 1990s, today EU law is slowly losing prominence in U.S. law schools, while remaining of interest in political science departments. Tracking this parabolic trajectory, this paper argues that the discipline rose thanks to a number of favorable circumstances (including the federalism revolution of the Rehnquist Court, the 1990s convergence of transatlantic politics, and the charisma of key academic players), and that it fell for reasons wholly unrelated to its pedagogical and analytical significance.  The paper then provides a critical appraisal of what EU law is still uniquely poised to offer, both in the classroom and as a subject for legal scholarship.  An illustration based on French experiences of Europeanization supports the claim that EU law as an autonomous subject can still make an original and non-fungible contribution to U.S. legal academia.

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Suggested Citation:

Caruso, Daniela, "European Union Law in U.S. Legal Academia," forthcoming in 20 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law (2011), Symposium Issue: The European Union Twenty Years after Maastricht, Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 11-53. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1949684

Contact Information

Daniela Caruso

Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm. 1120F
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-7024
Fax: 617-353-3077

danielac@bu.edu

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