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European Law in the Past and the Future

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ISBN13: 9780521809382
ISBN: 052180938X
Published: December 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £82.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780521006484



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As Europe moves towards economic and political unification, many wonder why legal unification makes so little headway. In this concise but wide-ranging book, R. C. van Caenegem considers the historical reasons behind this legal diversity. He stresses the importance of the adoption on the Continent - but not in England - of the classical law of the Romans, and shows how the rise of the nation states led to a multitude of national codes of law. The impact of politics on legal development is another key factor, and as a graphic example van Caenegem provides a detailed account of how the German past was extolled in Nazi Germany. The book concludes with a consideration of the ongoing debate on the desirability - indeed, on the possibility - of European legal unification and of a federal constitution for a united Europe.

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Contents:
Preface; 1. The National Codes: a transient phase; 2. Ius commune: the first unification of European law; 3. Common law and civil law: neighbours yet strangers; 4. The Holy Books of the Law; 5. Why did the Ius Commune conquer Europe? 6. Law is politics; Epilogue: a look into the twenty-first century.