Prof. Francis Snyder donates 580 volume ECR collection to STL

_MG_0524STL’s C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis G. Snyder has donated his 580 volume collection of original European Court Reports (“ECR”) to the STL Law Library. The ECR includes authentic texts of all judgments of the European Court of Justice since 1954, internal reports by judges to the Court in connection with each reported judgment, and all Advocate General Opinions regarding the public interest implicated in each case. Professor Snyder previously arranged for the entire collection to be beautifully bound in the Court’s official color, a royal blue-purple. Professor Snyder began his collection during his early years of teaching at Warwick University and continued building the collection during his years at University College London, the European University Institute, Aix-Marseille University in France, and the London School of Economics.

STL Dean Philip McConnaughay described the gift as a pivotal addition to STL’s steadily growing collection of research materials pertaining to the European Union. “Professor Snyder is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s leading scholars of European Union law and the law of transnational trade. His contributions to the literature in each of these fields and to each of the esteemed universities at which he has held chaired positions are legend. STL has been extremely fortunate to have Francis Snyder as one of our founding professors. His gift of his cherished ECR collection illustrates the generosity with which Professor Snyder has enriched the intellectual lives of all of his students and colleagues throughout his years of teaching. The law school community is deeply grateful to Professor Snyder for all of the ways in which he contributes to our lives.”

STL’s Associate Dean and Law Library Director Duncan Alford added,”On behalf of the students and faculty who will use this collection, I am deeply grateful that Professor Snyder chose to contribute the European Court Reports to the Law Library. As a law school focused on the study of international and transnational law, the European Court Reports is a core title needed in any international law collection. Having a collection personally created by Professor Snyder makes the contribution even more special and memorable for the researchers who will use these reports to learn more about the legal development of the European Union.”

Characteristic of Professor Snyder is the good natured amusement with which he retells the story of how he had to walk across the border between China and Hong Kong and then walk back so that the collection, which had been air shipped from France and was sitting in a customs warehouse at the border, could “accompany” him upon his most recent entry into China. He adds, “In fact, the entire two-year experience of trying to get my books to STL taught me a lot about international trade, the international transport business, and customs law that never made it into any of my books. I am very happy indeed that now our students will be able to read the real European Court Reports!”

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