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Tradition, Codification and Unification

Comparative-Historical Essays on Developments in Civil Law

Book | 1st edition 2014 | Europe | Michaël Milo, Jan Lokin, Jan M. Smits

200 years ago many civil law jurisdictions adhered to exclusive national codifications of private law, and abandoned the old Ius Commune. Other jurisdictions in the civilian tradition did not engage in codifying private law, and continued along lines of authoritative opinions, case law and fragmented legislation. In our contemporary days the shades of national law slowly melt away, and we imagine a future where new common laws will continue to take shape. This book deals with this mirror image and explores the law in its everlasting tension between tradition and change. Historic and comparative analyses from European, Latin-American and South-African jurisdictions provide us with perspectives on the role of substance, methodology, institutions as well as individuals in developments of law towards the future.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682235
Series name Ius Commune Europaeum
Weight 460 g
Status Available
Number of pages viii + 256 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date May 14, 2014
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  • Table of Contents
  • Tradition, Codification and Unification – an Introduction
    Michaël Milo, Jan Lokin, Jan Smits
  • Two Paradoxes on Codification
    Jan Lokin
  • The Study of Roman Law in the Netherlands in the Early 19th Century
    C.J.H. Jansen
  • The Civil–Law Tradition in Constitutional Perspective
    A.J. van der Walt
  • Constitutive Rhetoric: the Case of the “European Civil Code”
    Peter Van den Berg
  • Is Germany’s Past Europe’s future? Unification and Codification of Private Law in 19th Century Germany and Today’s Europe
    Dirk Heirbaut
  • An Older Convergence: the Scots Law of Delict
    Elspeth Christie Reid
  • Scots Law and the UK Codification of Bills of Exchange
    Ross Gilbert Anderson
  • The First Codification in the Netherlands: Legal Development Through Channels of Tradition and Change
    Michaël Milo
  • Convergence and Unification of 19th Century European Commercial Sales Law – why the CESL might just be an Intermezzo in the Game of Unifying European Commercial Sales Law
    Jan-Willem Oosterhuis
  • Contractual Equivalence and Compensation in Case of the Delivery of non-Conforming goods in Harmonised German Sales and European Consumer Law
    Bernhard Kresse
  • Civil Law Codification in Latin America: Understanding First and Second Generation Codes
    Agustin Parise
  • Harmonisation of Contract Law in Latin America: Efforts and failures
    Rodrigo Momberg Uribe
  • Re–Codification Attemps of French Tort Law: Traditional and Comparative Arguments in the Terré Tort Draft
    Chantal Mahé
  • Tradition, Codification and Unification of Intellectual Property Law
    F.W. Grosheide
  • Of the Vocation of our Age Against Codification: on Civil Codes in the Information Society
    Jan Smits