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Courts--European Economic Community countries; Law--Europe


There is little question that the potential implications of the Common Market for America and for Europe have stimulated more discussions in the United States during the last twelve months than any other topic, with the possible exception of Cuba. Yet, while these discussions have ranged far and wide and have covered intensely most aspects of the European Economic Community- the technical name for the Common Market-one of its institutions, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, has received largely only peripheral treatment.1 However, this judicial institution deserves greater consideration and scrutiny because over the years it has assumed a very significant role in the economic development of Western Europe. The Court's decisions have potentially far-reaching economic and political implications not only for the relations between the Member States of the Common Market, but possibly also for the external relations of these states.2 It is even conceivable that the Court of Justice may perform similar functions for the future unification of Europe as were performed by our Supreme Court under John Marshall for the strengthening of our newly established national government. It appears, therefore, to be appropriate as well as timely, to take a closer look at some of the Court's salient features and to draw attention to the significance of certain judgments which it has rendered.

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