Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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Of the institutions common to the European Communities, probably none has had greater impact on European integration than the Court of Justice. Throughout its case law, the Court has consistently emphasized the federal character of Community law and the secondary importance of national law of the Member States in areas covered by the establishing treaties. Especially in recent years as economic expansion has slowed and Member States have reverted to national rather than federal solutions to fiscal and political dilemmas, the Court remains the most forceful exponent and practitioner of the Common Market and European policy.

In response to the rising interest in and recognition of the influence of the Court of Justice on Community affairs, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law has devoted this entire issue to the Court--its case law and philosophy. This special project is intended to add significantly to the growing body of literature in English about the Court of Justice and to provide a base for treatment of Court opinions and judicial development in forthcoming issues.