The Legacy of Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice
Edited by Philip Moser and Katrine Sawyer
The Rt Hon. The Lord Slynn of Hadley* The papers published in this book reflect and expand on speeches at a conference held in the Middle Temple on 30 June 2006. It was a warm, friendly, at times jolly, occasion when former colleagues and students of Francis Jacobs met to pay tribute to his work and to celebrate the Knighthood conferred on him on retirement as an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice. Only a few people’s career in the law in this country have been so devoted to matters European. He began his academic work of course on a broader (or should it be narrower?) basis – jurisprudence at Glasgow and ‘law’ at the London School of Economics. But the attraction of ‘Europe’ for him was evident from the beginning and it is in retrospect not surprising that he felt the urge to work at a European institution. When he was ready for that, however, the European Communities Act 1972 was not in force and so the right place to go, perhaps the only appropriate place for him to go in 1969, was to the Commission of Human Rights of the Council of Europe at Strasbourg. It was there that I first met him during the early cases in which the United Kingdom was a party or an intervener and he was a very valuable contact to ask about the procedures which the English team had to follow and which obviously were very new to us. It was...