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The Legal Community: Judges, Lawyers, Officials and Clerks in the Writing of Europe

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This article argues that EU legal studies whould pay more attention to the legal discourse that sustains the conceptions of law and legal politics underlying European law. Drawing loosely on Bourdieu’s concept of ‘legal fields’, it offers a social and intellectual reconstruction of European legal thinking by way of empirical analysis of European legal writing. The article argues that the autonomy, technicality and specificity of European law should be seen at least in part as consequences of the social and professional structure of the community of EU laywers.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: European University Institute, Florence

Publication date: 1997-06-01

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