The benefits of time travel: Harnessing the potential of the historical archives of the Court of Justice for legal research

Niamh Nic Shuibhne*

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Abstract

This Article engages with a core objective of the Court of Justice in the Archives Project: how best to demonstrate and evaluate the potential of the Historical Archives of the Court of Justice for the purposes of deepening and furthering legal research. It considers two forms of novelty in that light: first, finding out things that are “literally” new; and, second, being alerted to analytical possibil-ities that arise from looking deeply into a case dossier. To illustrate these instances of research nov-elty, the Article identifies themes – as well as questions – emerging from the individual reports and from the transversal analysis made possible through the Project, highlighting particular strengths or “added value” factors in that context. It also reflects on the limits of the Archives from the perspective that not all Court of Justice mysteries can, or should, be uncovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-940
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Papers- A Journal on Law and Integration
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • admissibility
  • argumentation
  • case dossier
  • evidence
  • legal methodology
  • transversal analysis

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