The Fordham Center on European Union Law was established in 1984. The Center provides a teaching and resource facility devoted to European Union law, as well as European Union and international antitrust.
Since 1990, the Center has been under the directorship of Professor Roger J. Goebel.
The primary objectives of the Center are:
- enabling lectures at Fordham and elsewhere on current European Union Law Topics by Court of Justice Judges, officials of the European Commission and Council, members of the European Parliament, and European scholars;
- development of curriculum and teaching materials to be used at Fordham and other law schools in the United States and Europe;
- facilitation of exchange of ideas and information among scholars, government officials, lawyers, business executives and students; for example, exposure of foreign officials and scholars to U.S. legal concepts and exposure of Americans to European Union Law.
The Center assists in arrangements for at least five courses each year from the following list:
- European Union Law
- EC Business and Trade Law
- EC Competition Law
- EC Intellectual Property Law
- EC Intellectual Property Licensing
- EC-US Constitutional Law Comparisons
- European Monetary Union and Banking Law
These seminars are offered to undergraduate and graduate law students and non-matriculating students such as corporate counsel, outside counsel, and government officials. The seminars on European Union Law include lectures by:
- Judges of the European Court of Justice and Court of First Instance (such as Lord Slynn of Hadley, Ole Due, David Edward, Francis Jacobs, Koen Lenaerts, John Murray, Jean-Pierre Puissochet, Bo Vesterdorf, and Melchior Wathelet)
- Directors-General of the Council of Ministers' Legal Service (Jean-Claude Piris and Raffaello Fornasier)
- Directors of the Commission's Legal Service (such as Giuliano Marenco and Richard Wainwright)
- Directors in the Directorates-General for Competition and Financial Services (such as Jonathon Faull, Luc Gyselen, Paolo Clarotti, and Helmut Schroter)
- Member of the European Parliament (Laurens Brinkhorst)
Symposia, public lectures and luncheon discussions with bar and business groups are also sponsored by the Center.
The Center develops teaching materials for the above seminars. Professor Goebel is co-author of Bermann, Goebel, Davey & Fox, Cases on European Community Law (2d ed. 2002) in use in over 60 U.S., Canadian and European law schools. The Center is also helping to increase the library and research resources in the areas of European Community law and international antitrust and trade.
The operation of the Center is made possible through the generous support of the following members of the Center:
- Cleary, Gottleib, Steen & Hamilton
- Ladas & Parry
- James Leitner, Falcon Management Corp.
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Sullivan & Cromwell