The University Record, October 1, 2001

Eric Stein—University Press Book Award

Eric Stein, the Hessel E. Yntema Professor Emeritus of Law, offers a unique understanding of the forces propelling and restraining European union in his book titled

Thoughts from a Bridge: A Retrospective of Writings on New Europe and American Federalism, the winner of the 2001 University of Michigan Press Book Award.

Professor Stein, a specialist in international and comparative law, writes about European integration from a perspective of the American experience with federalism and from the personal experience of a Europe torn apart by war. New York University School of Law Professor Joseph H.H. Weiler writes in the foreword: “The essays collected here cover a generation of scholarship. Each essay has the power to assault our present day sensibilities with their abiding relevance to the most current debates . . . Unfolding in this volume is the intellectual life of a master Europeanist, internationalist and comparativist.”

As a young lawyer, Professor Stein fled his native Czechoslovakia in 1939 to escape the Nazis. He earned a second law degree at Michigan’s Law School in 1942 and worked for the U.S. Department of State prior to joining the Law School faculty in 1955, where he co-directed international legal studies.

Professor Stein, who retired from the active faculty in 1983, has served as an adviser to the U.S. delegation to the United Nation’s General Assembly and Security Council and to the U.S. Counsel at the International Court of Justice. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, Japan and China.

The author or co-author of a number of books on European Community law, test ban negotiations, and harmonization of international corporate law, Professor Stein received his first University of Michigan Press Book Award for Diplomats, Scientists and Politicians: The United States and the Nuclear Test Ban Negotiations (1966), co-authored with the late Harold K. Jacobson.

Professor Stein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Law Association and an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

In recognition of his literary accomplishments, particularly Thoughts from a Bridge: A Retrospective of Writings on New Europe and American Federalism, and the breadth and depth of his scholarly contributions to international law, the University is pleased to present to Eric Stein the 2001 University of Michigan Press Book Award.