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The appearance of the Columbia Journal of European Law is a response to the phenomenal growth of interest in European law among Americans; it will also prove, I hope, to stimulate still further growth in that interest. European law has traditionally played a key role in comparative law teaching and writing in this country, due in part to Europe's deep civil law roots, and it continues to play that role. At the same time, European law figures prominently in the conduct of international transactions and the practices of international trade. Finally, the European Community has proved to be a powerful engine for legal developments in virtually all spheres on the continent of Europe. Above and beyond their implications for U.S. business, each of these developments has a very special intellectual appeal to American observers because of the shared U.S. and E.C. preoccupation with issues of federalism and democracy.



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