Contents and Arrangement

Series 2, Mentor Group, 1989-2007

12 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 2, Mentor Group, 1989-2007 has been divided into two subseries. The first series contains the working documents maintained by Becker. The second subseries contains publications and other materials related to specific events organized by the Mentor Group.

The Mentor Group was established in 1983 by Thomas Kosmo, who as of 2007 remains president, as a non-profit, publicly supported research institute focusing on constitutional, legal-economic comparative studies. Becker became Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Group in 1989 and as of 2007 continues in that capacity. Central to the development of these studies has been the founding of three interrelated forums:

The Forum for US-EC Legal-Economic Affairs (1989- ; at its beginning known as the Forum for Members of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Justice of the European Communities) is a body concerned with practical legal-economic problems posed by the Internal Market of the European Union and has focused on the future of an integrated economy within a fully democratically developed European Union. Membership in the Forum included senior jurists (including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Communities), economists, and government officials, as well as senior representatives of major industrial corporations from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Forum for Russian Legal-Economic Affairs (1993-2000; at its beginning known as the Troika Conference for Russian Legal-Economic Affairs) was a professional collaboration of Russian and non-Russian jurists, ministers, high government officials, scholars, corporate leaders, and diplomats to serve the Russians variously responsible for the establishment of legal and economic orders that reinforce one another within the Russian Federation.

The Central European Forum for Legal-Economic Affairs (2004- ; at its beginning known as the EU New Member States Forum), in partnership with the Forum for US-EU Legal-Economic Affairs, is a working body for judges, national officials, and the private sector in Central Europe. The Forum is designed to aid in coordinating national and private sector endeavors of the new member states with established EU institutions, especially the European Commission and the Europe Court of Justice.

Becker co-founded the Forum for US-EU Legal-Economic Affairs, along with Thomas Kosmo, the originator of the concept. As co-founder, he has been responsible for corporate fundraising and relations with senior American and European corporate executives and has co-shared agenda planning with Kosmo. Kosmo, in turn, has been responsible for recruiting scholars and jurists from both sides of the Atlantic. Becker was an advisor to the Forum for Russian Legal-Economic Affairs until it was terminated in 2000 and as of 2007 is an advisor to the Central European Forum for Legal-Economic Affairs.

This series contains records documenting the Forum for US-EC Legal-Economic Affairs and the Forum for Russian Legal-Economic Affairs.


The materials in this series are arranged as two subseries: Working Documents 1989-2000 and Forum Meetings and Publications 1991-2007.

Collection History


During processing in 2002, materials related to Carnegie Hall that are not relevant to the public policy collections at Mudd were separated from the collection and sent to the Carnegie Hall archives. There is no indication that material was separated from the July 2007 accession to the collection. No materials were separated from the 2013 or 2014 donations.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing undertaken by Rachel Koblic '94 in 2001. Processed by Rachel Ban in 2002. Finding aid written by Rachel Ban in 2002. Subsequent accessions were incorporated into the collection in July 2007 and in 2014, and the finding aid was updated at these times.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2, Mentor Group; Eugene M. Becker Papers, MC125, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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