The Impact of the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Communities on the Economic World Order

Among Europeans, Eric Stein is generally considered to be the outstanding expert on European Community law in the United States. Now we Europeans flatter ourselves, of course, with the opinion that there are outstanding experts on Community law within Europe as well. Nevertheless, in my opinion, the reason why so many students and scholars from Europe have gone to Ann Arbor for post-graduate studies or research work on European Community law lies mainly in the fact that Eric Stein has always been appreciated as a great scholar in international law and the law of international organizations, as well as an outstanding practitioner of the comparative legal method. Moreover, in all these fields of research he has always used the “case-method,” a practice-oriented approach about which European lawyers still have much to learn from their American counterparts.