With apologies for the delay, we're pleased to announce the appearance of a book by network member Bill Davies (American University). Entitled Resisting the European Court of Justice: West Germany's Confrontation with European Law, 1949-1979, it is published by Cambridge University Press. The book is major contribution to a developing literature on the history of European legal integration that we've blogged about before here and here. An excerpt can be found here and the publisher's description is reproduced below.
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The European Union's (EU) powerful legal framework drives the process of European integration. The Court of Justice (ECJ) has established a uniquely effective supranational legal order, beyond the original wording of the Treaty of Rome and transforming our traditional understanding of international law. This work investigates how these fundamental transformations in the European legal system were received in one of the most important member states, Germany. On the one hand, Germany has been highly supportive of political and economic integration; yet on the other, a fundamental pillar of the post-war German identity was the integrity of its constitutional order. How did a state whose constitution was so essential to its self-understanding subscribe to the constitutional practice of EU law? How did a country who could not say 'no' to Europe become the member state most reluctant to accept the new power of the ECJ?