Cambridge University Press European Law in the Past & the Future: Unity and Diversity over Two Millennia As Europe moves towards economic and political unification, many wonder why legal unification makes .. Product #: 9780521006484 Regular price: $27.99 $27.99

European Law in the Past & the Future: Unity and Diversity over Two Millennia

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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.

  • Truly transnational approach, based on familiarity both with the common law and the civil law
  • Connects the past with the future, i.e. has a look at European law in the twenty-first century on the strength of 'lessons from the past'
  • Sees legal developments not only as elements of cultural history, but shows their intimate connection with power politics
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521006484
Author(s) Van Caenegem, RC
Edition 1
Format Pb
Publication Date 13/12/2001