European Social law in the Making

Socio-History of a Transnational Category (1950s-1970s)
By Karim Fertikh

This article is a socio-historical analysis of the “European social law” as it was constituted as a political category in the two first decades of the European Economic Community. It analyses the crucial role of transnational networks in the development of this international law. Focusing on the day-to-day routines of the personnel in the General Direction for Social Affairs, this paper sheds light on the role of experts, putting special emphasis on the role of law scholars in constructing a “European social law”, inventing it as a new field of research and teaching at their universities and in their publications.

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