Why My American Students Used to Gasp in Horror When they Learnt About the EU

By Jeremy Brier,  barrister and former Adjunct Professor of EU Law at Pepperdine University.

When I used to lecture American graduates in European Union Law, there were many occasions when I reduced them to gasps of disbelief.  Like the time I told them they couldn’t text each other during class. Total outrage. Once, I even had the temerity to ask a boy kindly to refrain from eating a Chinese takeaway (I don’t mind surreptitious snacking but full mid-class meals with chopsticks and napkins are really pushing it).

But there was always a particular moment, midway through our first lecture on the EU, when my American students would look particularly dumbstruck.  It was when they learnt that the common market, entered into in a spirit of amity to heal war-torn Europe, had by the reasoning of its appointed Judges, determined that EU laws must reign supreme over those of the EU’s member states. Continue reading “Why My American Students Used to Gasp in Horror When they Learnt About the EU”

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