the official Jenard/Möller Report upon it; the text of the San Sebastian Convention, by which Spain and Portugal accede to the Brussels Convention; and the text of four lectures delivered on the Conventions by interested parties.
It is useful, it is admitted, to have the texts of the Conventions available in easy form. The Jenard/Möller Report is a surprisingly good read, dealing much more clearly than do its predecessors with the interpretation of the text. But very little is gained by the appearance of the four lectures. The two delivered by the Swiss lawyers, Haymann and Volken, tell the reader little save that the integration of Swiss jurisdiction into Europe was not easy, and that there is an incomprehensible Swiss phobia about judgments given by the courts for the place of contractual performance. That of Carpenter is narrative, but hardly profound. That of Hunter-Tilney (on the San Sebastian Convention) comments upon the Changes to the Brussels Convention made upon the occasion of the new accessions, not always accurately: Article 5 (1) does not give jurisdiction to the courts for the place of performance of the contract in question (it is the obligation in question). It is much to be doubted whether any of these lectures merited being cast into published form, especially when juxtaposed with the Jenard/Möller Report. With a subject of such intricacy, a lecture runs the risk of being too general, or too much mere narration. It may well have been pleasant to listen to these in Interlaken in the summer of 1989. They do not improve with age. And when one discovers that the Conventions and official commentaries are to be had from the Official Journal for only a few ECU, £75 (yes, really) for this slender volume leaves one speechless.
In recent years a new species of European legal publication has evolved--the newsletter, monograph, or loose-leaf produced by a firm of solicitors designed to provide information and comment in greater or lesser detail on the current state of EC law and in particular on recent developments in EC law. These publications are mainly designed for clients or potential clients, and many emphasize the significance of 1992. The present writer thought it worthwhile to enquire of law firms as to their activities in this respect, and to present a general review of currently available publications. The firms surveyed were those London and provincial firms identified in the 1990 edition of Chambers and Partners' Directory of the Legal Profession as being specialists in European Community law. The responses provided the basis for the review that follows, but it should be emphasized that some EC publications by law firms may have escaped the attention of this reviewer, and that many firms are active in the field of EC law without publishing