Edited by Inge Govaere, Reinhard Quick and Marco Bronckers
Foreword: Paul Demaret
JOBNAME: Govaere PAGE: 1 SESS: 29 OUTPUT: Mon Jun 20 16:16:05 2011 Foreword: Jacques Bourgeois, a European lawyers’ lawyer Paul Demaret* When I ﬁrst learned of the project to prepare a Festschrift for the 75th birthday of Jacques Bourgeois, I could not hide my surprise, since I could hardly believe that Jacques Bourgeois was about to turn 75, for none of us had observed any let up in his activities, neither as a practitioner nor as an academic. He is as busy as ever and he continues to display that rare combination of analytical sharpness, breadth of vision, freshness in outlook and enthusiasm, which is his hallmark. However, his CV conﬁrms that he was born in 1936. He obtained his law degree from the University of Ghent in 1959 and a Master degree in Comparative Law from the University of Michigan in 1960, and started his professional career in the early 1960s, soon after the Rome Treaty had entered into force. In other words, Jacques Bourgeois’ career spans half a century of European integration. I felt greatly honoured when my colleagues Marco Bronckers, Reinhard Quick and Inge Govaere invited me to write a foreword to this Festschrift, because of the particular reputation the name of Jacques Bourgeois carries with it. The list of contributors to this volume testiﬁes eloquently to that. At the same time, writing such a foreword is a challenge precisely because Jacques Bourgeois is so well known in European and international legal circles....