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Legal Certainty in a Contemporary Context: Private and Criminal Law Perspectives

Edited by: Mark Fenwick, Stefan Wrbka

ISBN13: 9789811001123
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £89.99

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This book addresses issues concerning the shifting contemporary meaning of legal certainty. The book focuses on exploring the emerging tensions that exist between the demand for legal certainty and the challenges of regulating complex, late modern societies. The book is divided into two parts: the first part focusing on debates around legal certainty at the national level, with a primary emphasis on criminal law; and the second part focusing on debates at the transnational level, with a primary emphasis on the regulation of transnational commercial transactions.

In the context of legal modernity, the principle of legal certainty—the idea that the law must be sufficiently clear to provide those subject to legal norms with the means to regulate their own conduct and to protect against the arbitrary use of public power—has operated as a foundational rule of law value. Even though it has not always been fully realized, legal certainty has functioned as a core value and aspiration that has structured normative debates throughout political modernity, both at a national and international level.

In recent decades, however, legal certainty has come under increasing pressure from a number of competing demands that are made of contemporary law, in particular the demand that the law be more flexible and responsive to a social environment characterized by rapid social and technological change. The expectation that the law operates in new transnational contexts and regulates every widening sphere of social life has created a new degree of uncertainty, and this change raises difficult questions regarding both the possibility and desirability of legal certainty.

This book compiles, in one edited volume, research from a range of substantive areas of civil and criminal law that shares a common interest in understanding the multi-layered challenges of defining legal certainty in a late modern society. The book will be of interest both to lawyers interested in understanding the transformation of core rule of law values in the context of contemporary social change and to political scientists and social theorists.

The Shifting Meaning of Legal Certainty (Mark Fenwick and Stefan Wrbka)

Part I - Perspectives from Private Law
Comments on Legal Certainty from the Perspective of European, Austrian and Japanese Private Law (Stefan Wrbka)
Intellectual Property, Private Ordering and Legal Certainty(Branislav Hazucha)
Considerations on the Transnationality of International Commercial Arbitration Awards in the Context of the Demand for Legal Certainty (Jason D. Hitch)
The Notion of Consumer under EU Legislation and EU Case Law: Between the Poles of Legal Certainty and Flexibility (Jakob Soren Hedegaard and Stefan Wrbka)
Legal Certainty and Trusts in China (Zhen Meng)

Part II - Perspectives from Criminal Law
Multilingual Norms in European Criminal Law (Georg C. Langheld)
Empirical Judgement in Criminal Proceedings (Sebastian Stehle)
The Multiple Uncertainties of the Corporate Criminal Law (Mark Fenwick)
Types of offenders - A Criminological Perspective in Historical Contexts (Kathrin Hoffler)
International Criminal Law as a Means to Fight the 'Hostes Humani Generis'? - On the Dangers of the Concept of Enemy Criminal Law (Andreas Werkmeister).